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CHILD SUPPORT CALCULATIONS

CHILD SUPPORT ATTORNEY IN MARYLAND Obtaining and ensuring child support payments can be tough 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...

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MARYLAND MEDIATION & CONFLICT RESOLUTION

MARYLAND FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution office was created to promote the availability and use of alternative dispute resolution throughout Maryland. They do this in a variety of ways such as collaborating with courts, ADR practitioner organizations and other stakeholders to advance the field of conflict resolution. They also provide grants and technical assistance to support court, community, school and universities and government ADR programs and projects. They provide training and presentations to courts, bar associations, and other organizations and groups for skill enhancement, professional growth, ethics matters and public information and awareness. They work to improve the...

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CHILD CUSTODY, VISITATION & SUPPORT

FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY IN MARYLAND Child custody and visitation is another important part of the divorce proceeding. When contemplating which parent should get primary custody the Court must reach a decision that is "in the best interest of the child." There are several major facts that the Courts will consider before awarding primary custody to one parent or the other: parents ability provide for the child, continuity of primary caregiver, lifestyle and conduct of parents, mental and physical health of parents, child's age and preference. Stability of the environment is key. In previous years under the "tender years" doctrine the Courts were able...

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CHILD CUSTODY INTERSTATE JURISDICTION ISSUES

MARYLAND FAMILY LAW LAWYER Family law is very complex, especially when it pertains to child custody. Although the Uniform Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) was designed to resolve any complexities between states, if you find yourself in the middle of an interstate child custody dispute, contact an experienced Maryland family law attorney who can help you. If the parents live in different states or nations, the first issue that must be resolved is whether the court has proper jurisdiction over the person to handle the child custody or support dispute. The UCCJEA is the law that spells out the rules for...

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FAMILY LAW MEDIATION

DIVORCE LAWYER CHARLES COUNTY 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...

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PRENUPTIAL CONTRACT / AGREEMENT

MARYLAND DIVORCE LAWYER ATTORNEY HELPING WITH ALL LEGAL ASPECTS OF GETTING DIVORCED In the State of Maryland, agreements made prior to the time of the ceremony between spouses-to-be is called a prenuptial contract or agreement. Typically, valid prenuptial agreements remain enforceable after divorce. Precedent shows us that prenuptial agreements are very difficult to void. However, this may change. In March of 2013, a Brooklyn court invalidated a prenuptial agreement that a Long Island woman had signed with her millionaire husband before their 1998 wedding. This is a precedent-setting move, and divorce lawyers in every state are sitting up and taking notice. For this reason,...

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ADULTERY AS GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE

MARYLAND DIVORCE ATTORNEY Adultery as a Ground for Divorce Most people feel a sense of sadness when something comes to an end. Whether it was good or bad, there is still that feeling of loss and we’re sad to see it go. When it’s a marriage that is coming to an end, families are affected and that feeling of loss is magnified. When that end comes about because of adultery, the pain and sorrow can be unbearable for some, and in Maryland, proven adultery as a ground for divorce will affect the amount of alimony you pay/receive, and the amount of time...

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WHAT IS A GUARDIAN IN MARYLAND?

FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY IN MARYLAND What is a Guardian in Maryland? A guardian is someone appointed by the Court to assume legal responsibility for another person or another person’s property, or both. Guardianship is appropriate and necessary when an individual is not capable of making their own decisions in society. Three examples are: Minors – Individuals who are under the age of 18 Mentally Disabled – Individuals who have been diagnose and treated for mental disability Elderly – Certain elderly individuals can be classified as unable to care for themselves, and will therefor require a guardian For the sake of time, we are...

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SHOULD I GET A PREMARITAL AGREEMENT?

MARYLAND FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY Use of Premarital Agreements The world we live in currently is in stark contrast to the one our parents grew up in, and one of the biggest changes in American society has been scene in the institution of marriage. Less people are getting married, those marriages aren’t lasting as long, and the divorce rate has skyrocketed. In this age of divorce, a formerly obscure legal document, the premarital (prenuptial) agreement, has come into almost standard use. What Is a Premarital Agreement? Is It Different from a Prenup? Prenuptial agreement, premarital agreement and prenup all mean the same thing. They are...

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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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