Dec Dec 13, 2017

Maryland Recognizes De Facto Parenting for Same-Sex Couples with Children

When a same-sex marriage ended in divorce, and there was a child involved, there was the potential for complications when it came to custody. Unless one parent was a biological parent and one parent adopted the child, or both parents legally adopted the child with whom neither shared a biological bond, the parent with no [...]

Dec Dec 6, 2017

How Do I File for Divorce?

Often times when we meet with potential future clients, we often get asked, "How do I file for a divorce?" In order to start the divorce process, several documents must be filed with the clerk's office, at the court in your county. The first document is a complaint for divorce, which sets forth those issues [...]

Nov Nov 29, 2017

Why Do Women Initiate Divorce More Than Men?

While men initiate more breakups in non-marital heterosexual relationships, in marriages women initiate divorce about 69% of the time, according to a recent study quoted in the Washington Post. Although people divorce for countless reasons, one of the main drivers of women initiating divorce at this point in the culture can be summed up in [...]

Nov Nov 22, 2017

Alimony: Will I Receive It or Have to Pay It?

Many clients, when they come in, are concerned about alimony; whether they will receive it or whether they'll have to pay it. We have two kinds of alimony in Maryland. The first is transitional alimony, which is paid for a specific length of time, and the purpose of it is to allow one of the [...]

Nov Nov 15, 2017

7 Unexpected Upsides of Divorce Nobody Talks About

Divorce is never easy, and many people feel great regret, sadness and anger when their marriages end. However, there are some unexpected upsides to getting a divorce, and acknowledging them is healthy. If you were unhappy in your marriage, if you felt trapped, if you were betrayed or unappreciated – once the divorce is over, [...]

Nov Nov 8, 2017

What to Expect at a Typical Divorce Mediation Session?

What typically happens at a mediation divorce session? First you should know that mediation is about you, so the mediator will expect to hear from you. You need to know what your position is and be able to articulate it and not just have one position, but have a back-up position in case your first [...]

Oct Oct 25, 2017

Maryland Child Support Enforcement Tools: Liens on Real Estate or Other Property

It is the responsibility of both parents to support a child financially. When one parent fails to pay his or her share of the costs, it often falls to the other parent to make up the difference. Fortunately, the state of Maryland has established a host of options for enforcing child support orders. The Maryland [...]

Oct Oct 11, 2017

2017 Maryland Family Law Updates

On Sunday, October 1, 2017, the new laws that were passed by the Maryland General Assembly went into effect. The new laws included several new, family law related laws which could have an impact on domestic violence, child support and other Maryland family law cases. We have highlighted a few of them here for you. [...]

Sep Sep 27, 2017

Why Staying Together for the Children Is Harmful to You and Your Kids

Divorce can be messy and expensive, and even under the most amicable of circumstances, it creates upheaval in the lives of everyone concerned. There may be contentious fights about the division of marital assets, who will keep the house, and who will get custody of the kids. Perhaps you and your spouse want to “tough [...]

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