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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR EX-SPOUSE WON’T PAY CHILD SUPPORT

FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY IN MARYLAND WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR EX-SPOUSE WON’T PAY CHILD SUPPORT It can feel like the battle is over once the court rules in your favor regarding child support. Unfortunately, the enforcement of child support can be challenging. What is a parent to do if an ex-spouse fails or refuses to pay the child support they have been ordered to give? If you find yourself in this situation, contact a Maryland child support attorney immediately. Child Support Enforcement Administration The state of Maryland has a specific agency for the enforcement of court-ordered child support. You can contact the Maryland Child...

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MARYLAND SPOUSAL SUPPORT

MARYLAND DIVORCE LAWYER SPOUSAL SUPPORT IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND When a couple divorces or separates, a Maryland court may order one spouse to pay the other spouse regular monthly payments. Alimony should not get confused for child support because although both of these payments can be given to a certain individual, they serve different purposes. There are three types of alimony. The first is known as alimony pendent lite, which is a temporary payment made while the case is pending. Rehabilitative alimony is payment for a definite period of time to allow the spouse to become self-supporting. And the last type,...

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LIMITED & ABSOLUTE DIVORCE

MARYLAND MILITARY DIVORCE ATTORNEY Unlike some other states, there are two types of divorce in the state of Maryland Choosing which one to go through is best discussed with a Maryland divorce lawyer. The two types of divorce are: Absolute Divorce - This is a final, absolute and permanent form of divorce. In this type, all issues relating to alimony, child custody, child support, and property are handled by the court. After an absolute divorce, the individuals involved may remarry Limited Divorce - This is a form of divorce that is like separation that is supervised. As the state of Maryland has...

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MARYLAND MASTERS SYSTEM

If you have a family law case in the state of Maryland that involves child custody, visitation, support or alimony, you will likely have to appear before a master. Masters originate from an old tradition when they were originally appointed to act as assistants to the English kings. Today, a master is a hearing officer who takes testimony and makes preliminary rulings and determination. Their recommendations are then submitted to a Judge to be approved or rejected. If neither party takes exceptions to the ruling of the master then a judge will pass an order ratifying the recommendations. Masters also hear...

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DIVORCE & THE MILITARY

MARYLAND MILITARY DIVORCE ATTORNEY Divorce is always a very complicated and emotional situation for anyone who has to deal with it. When a couple decides to end their marriage and one spouse is serving in the military, divorce tends to get even more complicated. Make sure to contact an experienced attorney to help you calculate child support, determine child custody, divide retirement benefits and figure out the other complications. In regards to child support, the military has regulations establishing interim child support guidelines and each branch of the service has different child support guidelines. Courts will look at BAH, separate ration, hazard pay,...

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MARYLAND CHILD SUPPORT GUIDELINES

MARYLAND CHILD SUPPORT LAWYER ABOVE GUIDELINES CASE When dealing with child support, the state of Maryland adopted a guideline measured by the income of the parties involved. The new Maryland law tops off at a combined adjusted annual income of $180,000 per annum or $15,000 per month. Keep in mind, child support will increase depending on the number of children involved. However, just with the old guidelines, the court will have discretion in setting the support level for the parties and individuals. The guideline defines “actual income” to include: salaries; wages; commissions; bonuses; dividend income; pension income; interest income; trust income; annuity income; ...

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MARYLAND CHILD SUPPORT FAQ’S

MARYLAND CHILD SUPPORT ATTORNEY 1) Where should I file my complaint for 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...

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GUARDIANSHIP & CUSTODY IN MARYLAND

FAMILY LAW LAWYER IN MARYLAND GUARDIANSHIP A legal guardian is someone that takes over day-to-day decision making and control of the child that the natural guardian cannot. The legal guardian will make all parenting decisions including requesting and accepting medical treatment on a child’s behalf, enroll the child in public school in the guardian’s community and provide for the child’s general welfare. Keep in mind this does not include financial responsibility as this still remains with the parents but depending on the parent’s situation, guardians often provide financial support. It’s always best to consult with an experienced attorney who can help you with...

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WILLS & POWER OF ATTORNEY

MARYLAND FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY Wills & Power of Attorney in Maryland Although Maryland law regards wills and powers of attorney as separate documents, both create rights and responsibilities for different parties. Both create a mechanism for one person to legally act on behalf of another and both have specific provisions under Maryland law that they must meet to be valid. A will is a legal document that describes how the person drafting the document wants to have their assets and property disposed of when he/she dies. The will appoints an executor who distributes the assets on behalf of the decedent. If someone dies...

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GRANDPARENT & 3RD PARTY CUSTODY

MARYLAND FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY Grandparents Visitation Rights in Maryland When courts need to make a decisions about child custody or visitation, the court balances what is best for the child with what a parent’s constitutional right is in regards to how the child should be raised. There are a variety of factors the court will look at including the role of any other party such as grandparents. Maryland law allows grandparents to ask the court for visitation rights and even custody rights. If you are trying to get visitation rights for your grandchild, make sure to contact an experienced Maryland family law...

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