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MARYLAND FAMILY LAW, DIVORCE, LEGAL SEPARATION, ANNULMENTS & CUSTODY

MARYLAND FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY Annulments in The State of Maryland An annulment is a decree establishing that the marriage between two parties never existed. The Maryland Family Court is dealt with deciding the validity of each annulment case and infrequently grants annulments. If the court decides to grant the annulment, it is considered that you and your spouse were never married. If you are seeking an annulment, it is advisable for you to speak with an experienced Maryland family law attorney at The Burton Firm. The standard of proof that must be met to prove an annulment is difficult to meet, but...

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COLLABORATIVE, MEDIATION AND LITIGATION AS YOUR DIVORCE OPTIONS

Divorce Lawyer in Maryland Explains Collaborative, Mediation and Litigation As Your Divorce Options There are several ways in which a couple may seek divorce in Maryland. Many people imagine that divorce consists of stressful court scenes in which each spouse accuses the other of misconduct and a bitter fight ensues over who should get the beanie baby collection. While this is the case for some of the more antagonistic couples, there are other options when conditions are quite so unfriendly. Every situation is different so it’s best to contact a divorce lawyer in Maryland who has experience handling a wide variety...

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LIMITED & ABSOLUTE DIVORCE

Maryland Divorce Lawyer Explains Limited & Absolute Divorce Unlike some other states, there are two types of divorce in the state of Maryland and 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....

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DIVORCE & SEPARATION IN IMMIGRATION STATUS

Maryland Family Law Attorney Explains Divorce & Separation in Immigration Status A divorce or separation can definitely affect your lawful status and ability to stay in the U.S. if you are in the country on a visa that was granted based on your spouse’s application. If you used your spouse’s status to immigrate within two years of your marriage, you are a conditional resident, and therefore getting a divorce or separation will affect your status. Additionally, divorce or separation may affect your status if your status depends on your spouse’s status. To protect yourself and your immigration status, you must know the difference...

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HEALTH CARE COSTS IN DIVORCE

Maryland Divorce Attorney Explains 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...

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QUALIFIED DOMESTIC RELATION ORDERS (QDROs)

Maryland Family Law Attorney Explains Qualified Domestic Relation Orders   What is a QDRO (Qualified Domestic Relation Order) 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...

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DIVISION OF ASSETS, DEBT & PROPERTY IN A DIVORCE

Divorce Attorney in Maryland Explains Division of Assets, Debt & Property in a Divorce According to Maryland state law, the division of marital property in the case of divorce must be equitable, meaning it must be fair, not necessarily equal. Some couples are able to come to an agreement about how everything should be divided without legal intervention, and are able to submit an agreement for court approval. Others need the help of a divorce attorney in Maryland or mediators to assist in the negotiation of a settlement. Marital vs Separate Property The very first step when deciding how to split up assets...

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FAMILY LAW MEDIATION

Family law mediation is mediation for disputes in actions for divorce, annulment, establishment of paternity, child custody or visitation, and child or spousal support. Mediation is a process in which the parties appear before an impartial third party who does not have authority to adjudicate (make a formal decision) the dispute; however, by applying mediation techniques generally accepted within the professional mediation community, assists the parties by identifying the issues and interests of both parties, exploring settlement alternatives, and fashioning the basis of an agreement. Mediation can be very beneficial to both parties, especial if any children are involved because it promotes...

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CHILD SUPPORT CALCULATIONS

Child Support Attorney in Maryland Since 1990, Maryland has used a very particular child support calculator to determine the amount to be paid. The guideline is designed to estimate the percentage of income that parents would spend on children if the parents were living in the same household. The formula begins with each parent’s actual monthly income. If a parent is not working and has no other form of income, the court can still assign income if it finds that the parent has the ability to work. Additionally, each parent’s actual or assigned income can sometimes be reduced by the parent’s other child...

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ADULTERY & FILING FOR DIVORCE IN MARYLAND

Divorce Lawyer in Maryland Discusses Adultery and Filing for Divorce Infidelity can ruin a marriage, leaving one partner feeling betrayed and insecure. When adultery is a cause for divorce, the injured party will likely desire some sort of return for the emotional damages caused by their partner. Make sure to contact a divorce lawyer in Maryland if you are considering divorce because of adultery. Divorce in Maryland Maryland is a state which requires sufficient “cause” for divorce. This means that the individual filing for divorce, often referred to as the plaintiff, must have a specific reason to request a divorce. Sufficient causes include...

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