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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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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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DIVISION OF ASSETS, DEBT & PROPERTY IN A DIVORCE

DIVORCE ATTORNEY IN MARYLAND division of marital property in the case of 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 and property...

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FACTORS THE COURT CONSIDERS FOR CUSTODY AND VISITATION

MARYLAND CHILD CUSTODY ATTORNEY Factors the Court Considers for Custody and Visitation Under Maryland law, both the father and mother are equally presumed to be the natural parent of their children, unlike some states that may give favor to the mother from the get-go. Custody and visitation rights are strictly granted specifically considering the best interest of the child or children. Other family members may seek custody of the children, but the favoritism is given to the natural mother and father. If you need assistance with determining visitation, make sure you speak to a Maryland child custody attorney. Custody and visitation arrangements are...

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LEGAL SEPARATION, LIMITED DIVORCE & ABSOLUTE DIVORCE

DIVORCE LAWYER IN MARYLAND 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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ADULTERY & DIVORCE IN MARYLAND

DIVORCE ATTORNEY IN MARYLAND In Maryland, adultery is considered a crime against marriage and although prosecutions are rare, it is considered a criminal offense. 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...

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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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