STARTING OCTOBER 1, 2015, THERE WILL BE SOME CHANGES TO THE FAMILY LAW ARTICLE…

Changes are coming….

Starting October 1, 2015, there will be some changes to the Family Law Article in particular with respect to protective orders. Below are the changes:

  • A protective order can be filed by an individual eligible for relief if the individual and respondent had a sexual relationship within a year of the filing of the petition. This changes expands the class of people that are eligible for a protective order–which provides more relief than a peace order.
  • Residents of Maryland will be allowed to file for a peace order or protective order, depending on which relief the individual qualify for, even if the abuse occurred outside of Maryland. This law protects our residents from abuse that occurs outside of our borders and
  • A petitioner can obtain a protective order in two ways: the court can make a finding in favor of the petitioner or the respondent can consent to an order of protection. Now, a respondent can consent to have the protective order extended and in place for 2 years.

These new changes have legal implications for petitioners and respondents. If you find yourself either as the petitioner or respondent, be sure to consult an attorney before your final hearing. Know your rights and your options.