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ADOPTION IN MARYLAND

FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY IN MARYLAND ADOPTION IN MARYLAND In the State of Maryland, “adoption is the creation of a parent-child relationship by a judicial order between people who are not a natural parent and a child” (The people’s Law Library of Maryland.) Under the law, once the court orders an adoption, it ends the parental rights and responsibilities of the natural parents. Any adult who is not the natural parent may petition the court for an adoption. The petitioner may be single or married and is required to complete a 27-hour home study course. Maryland law also requires that the legal guardians of...

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MARYLAND DIVORCE ATTORNEY EXPLAINS DIVIDING MARITAL PROPERTY

MARYLAND DIVORCE ATTORNEY MARITAL AND NON-MARITAL PROPERTY Divorce is never an easy event to go through as there are a lot of emotional and financial difficulties to figure out. When a couple gets divorced, all the property acquired during the marriage (furniture, cars, appliances, stocks, bank accounts, pensions etc) regardless of who purchased it, must be divided. Having an experienced Maryland divorce attorney on you side is important to protect your legal rights. The only exception would be non-marital property - property that was received by one spouse as a gift or inheritance from a third party. Non-marital property could be obtained before...

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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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MARYLAND CHILD SUPPORT GUIDELINES

MARYLAND CHILD SUPPORT ATTORNEY 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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LEGAL SEPARATION, LIMITED DIVORCE & ABSOLUTE DIVORCE

In the State of Maryland family law proceeding such as "legal separation" does not exist. Instead citizens of Maryland are offered two options: (1) limited divorce or (2) absolute divorce. Limited divorce is NOT permanent, absolute divorce IS permanent. When a couple wishes to separate but are not ready to go through a full blown divorce proceeding, limited divorce is the remedy. This proceeding is very similar to a proceeding described as "legal separation" in other states. The court will recognize the decision of the parties to maintain separate housing or residences, bank accounts, but will stop short of...

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CHILD SUPPORT, ENFORCEMENT, CUSTODY, CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT

FAMILY LAW LAWYER MARYLAND HOW IS CHILD SUPPORT DETERMINED Child support is a court-ordered payment requiring the noncustodial parent to pay child support to the custodial parent. Typically for ordinary expenses of food, shelter, clothing, education and medication needs for the children only. In 1990, Maryland passed a law requiring the courts to use child support guidelines in all child support cases. The guidelines provide a formula to calculate your child support obligation. The Maryland’s Child Support Calculator incorporates the following: Each parent’s actual monthly income. If a parent is not working and has no other form of income, the court can still assign...

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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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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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