OctOct 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.

If […]

SepSep 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 […]

SepSep 13, 2017

How Do Re-marriage and Cohabitation Affect Alimony in Maryland?

Sometimes people are eager to get through the divorce process quickly, because they have already found another romantic partner, and are ready to move forward with the relationship. However, if one person is awarded alimony, either during the divorce proceedings or for a set (or indefinite) time after the divorce is final, he or she […]

AugAug 30, 2017

Fault and No-Fault Grounds for Divorce in Maryland

Maryland has a really interesting mixture of fault and no-fault grounds for divorce. Some of the fault grounds are:

A desertion, which is leaving the home without just cause and having been gone for more than a year
A constructive desertion, which often includes violence, but there can be other behaviors as well

There are […]

AugAug 16, 2017

Factors Involved in Deciding and Calculating Alimony in Maryland Divorce

Alimony, or spousal support, is a commonly misunderstood concept in Maryland divorce. Alimony is never guaranteed, and when it is granted, there are many factors that go into deciding when it is appropriate, how much should be paid, for how long and which spouse will pay.

In Maryland, spouses who are divorcing can come to an […]

AugAug 2, 2017

Same-Sex Family Law and Divorce Issues and Updates

In the years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that marriage equality would be the law of the United States, state laws have been changing and adapting to same-sex marriage and the consequences it has for families and family law issues.

It turns out that the Supreme Court decision regarding marriage equality was just the first […]

JulJul 5, 2017

What Divorce in Maryland Means for Your 401(k)

When you are seeking a divorce in Maryland, your retirement, pension, and/or long-term savings plans are eligible for division under the state’s equitable distribution laws. The division depends on when the accounts were opened, how much money was invested before and during your marriage, and/or whether or not marital funds were used in those investments. […]

JunJun 19, 2017

What You Need to Know About Military Relocation After Divorce in Maryland

Members of the United States Armed Forces have a unique set of circumstances governing relocation after a divorce in Maryland. When you are on active duty, you have certain legal protections to your custody rights under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), which allow you to maintain your current custody agreement, as laid out in […]

JunJun 6, 2017

Second Parent Adoption Rules and Precedent in Maryland Same-Sex Divorce

With the legalization of same-sex couple marriages in America, more and more same-sex couples are opting to have children. As of May 2017, it is reported that more than 25% of all Maryland same-sex couples currently have children.

There are protections in place for LGBTQ parents – the Court of Appeals ruled in July of 2016 […]

MayMay 17, 2017

What Happens When You Want to Relocate After Your Divorce in Maryland?

One of the most important factors in a parent’s ability to maintain a bonded relationship with their child, and to have a consistent, reliable presence in their life, is their geographic location. When the custodial parent decides that they want to move, Maryland law has a process that they must follow prior to doing so. […]

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