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HOW & WHY TO ESTABLISH PATERNITY

Paternity is defined by Webster’s dictionary as “the state of being someone’s father”. This seems simple enough, but what does father really mean? Does father represent the individual who’s genetic material was used during conception? Does it represent the man that was married to the mother of the child at the time – what if they aren’t one in the same? What happens if the couple wasn’t married and they weren’t sexually exclusive? As the questions above cause confusion with many individuals, you may now understand why the concept of paternity can be so difficult to understand. Fortunately, the reasons to...

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QUALIFIED DOMESTIC RELATION ORDERS (QDROs)

During divorce, assets, properties and debts are divided between the two parties. It can be quite complicated to separate two lives that have been entangled for multiple years, even more so for relationships that lasted decades. Besides physical property and basic finances, many assets may be on the table for sharing or forfeiting when spouses divorce. Additional assets that may be involved in a divorce is a pension or retirement plan. The state of Maryland permits retirement assets to be transferred from one spouse to another during divorce which a Maryland family law attorney can explain more depending on your...

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HEALTH CARE COSTS IN DIVORCE

Settling a divorce can not only be complicated, but extremely stressful as well. On top of all the emotions you could be experiencing, there are many legal decisions in the mix of things you have to worry about that can affect your life forever. One of these complications is health insurance. In fact, many couples stay married just because of health insurance benefits. It could be a very stressful time if you’re on your spouse’s insurance plan and slowly start losing coverage because of a divorce, especially if you are battling an illness or chronic condition. Having a Maryland divorce...

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GRANDPARENT & 3RD PARTY CUSTODY & ACCESS

Maryland laws do not give preference to grandparents over other third parties such as aunts, uncles, or close family friends. There is no legal authority that entitles grandparents custody or visitation rights in the state of Maryland. The law imposes a high burden to meet in order for grandparents to obtain custody or visitation. However, grandparents do have the right to petition for reasonable access and an attorney is the best person to help....

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GETTING DIVORCED IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND

Divorce is the legal end to a marriage as ordered by a court. If you are considering getting divorced, contact a Maryland divorce attorney at our office for consultation about your specific legal issues. In the state of Maryland, a petitioner may ask for two types of divorce: absolute and limited. The most common type of divorce completed in the state is absolute....

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MARYLAND CHILD SUPPORT

In the State of Maryland, you should file your complaint for child support in the county that is the domicile of the child. A child’s domicile is the place where the child has his or her true, fixed and permanent home. In Maryland, the equity court has continuing jurisdiction over the support of the child. It is not required for the parties to be married for the court to grant child support payments. Furthermore, support can be sought not only by the birth parent, if he or she has legal custody, but also by the guardian of the child....

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WILLS & ESTATES FAQ

MARYLAND ESTATE PLANNING ATTORNEY Its that subject that many of us don’t want to talk about, let alone think about – what will happen when we pass away? We are not going to get into the spiritual and metaphysical on this page today, but what we can do is help you understand what happens to your personal property when you pass away. Our great country’s Constitution sets laws and regulations that create the foundation for every state’s specific laws regarding the passage of property following an individual’s passing. Each state will have a slightly different set of laws determining how property will...

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MEDIATION

Mediation is an alternative process to solve family disputes that does not require court involvement. It involves using a neutral third party, the mediator, who will facilitate and assist the parties in coming with their resolution to mutually satisfy all parties. The role of a mediator includes facilitating communication between the parties, assisting in identifying the real issues of the dispute and the parties’ interests, and generating options for settlement. Most people have the ability to solve their own disputes but it’s important to hire a mediator to help facilitate the discussion. Make sure to consult with an experienced Family Law attorney...

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DIVORCE OPTIONS

DIVORCE LAWYER IN MARYLAND EXPLAINS YOUR DIVORCE OPTIONS Comparing Collaborative, Mediation and Litigation Unfortunately, many marriages don’t last the test of time. Each couple has a unique relationship, meaning each divorce is unique as well. There are several divorce options for couples seeking to separate in the state of Maryland and it’s important to understand each option and choose what is best for you and your family. Fortunately, divorce often doesn’t occur in a courtroom and is instead decided upon through many meetings and conversations. Seek out assistance from an experienced divorce lawyer in Maryland to learn more about the various options...

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ADULTERY & DIVORCE IN MARYLAND

Adultery is defined as voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a person other than that person’s husband or wife. Due to this definition, adultery can only be committed with a member of the opposite sex. Meaning, that a married person who engages in sexual relations with a same sex partner may not be guilty of adultery and although no Maryland court has had to address this issue, if this instance occurs, he or she may be charged with constructive desertion. In Maryland, adultery as well as constructive desertion is ground for divorce so the married person who has...

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