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Collection of Rent if Tenant Breaches Lease Early

Maryland Landlord AttorneyFor landlords, the ideal tenant is one who signs a year-long lease, takes good care of the property, and always pays the rent on time. But many landlords come to learn that tenants won’t always be ideal. When tenants move out before the end of their lease, landlords can end up in a precarious financial situation. They could sue the tenant for breach in an attempt to recover unpaid rent, but landlords must also make a reasonable effort to find new tenants, according to Maryland law. If a new tenant moves into the vacated unit, the previous tenant is responsible for payment of rent only for the time the unit was unoccupied. Landlords may be fortunate enough to have tenants who never break their leases, but it’s always wise to prepare for that eventuality and understand the rights and obligations of both the tenant and the landlord. The Enforceability of…

Factors Affecting Modification of Custody Orders

Child CustodyWhen you become a stepfather, it may take time to adjust to the role. And if you have children of your own, your new blended family may experience some growing pains while everyone becomes accustomed to their living arrangements. A significant change in one’s family relationship may be cause for reevaluating existing custody arrangements. Sometimes, when people remarry, their former spouses feel resentful and don’t want their children living in that home. A new marriage can also create a stronger financial foundation, so newly married couples may wish to modify custody because they believe a child would have a better life in their custody. A child may have strong preferences, too, about where he or she wants to live. A custody order cannot be modified without there being a material change in circumstances, and the process of modifying custody can be complicated. If you or your former spouse are seeking…

Division of marital assets in Maryland: Who gets to keep the dog?

Deciding which spouse will gain ownership of the family pet during a divorce can be one of the most difficult aspects of the process. Especially when both spouses are particularly fond of the animal, it could be next to impossible for them to come to some kind of an agreement on pet ownership during the division of marital assets. As divorce rates have risen in recent years, it seems that the issue of pet ownership is becoming even more important in marital separations that occur in Maryland and other states. In one case, a miniature dachshund was a gift, given to one spouse by the other. The present was to be seen as a consolation because that spouse was forced to give up her cat so that the couple could live together. Now, the spouse who received the dog says it has become her soul mate and the ultimate love…