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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, ETHNICITY IMMIGRATION & CHILD-CUSTODY

MARYLAND FAMILY LAW LAWYER Maryland Domestic Violence Domestic violence is a violent confrontation between household members involving physical harm or sexual assault. It can be between spouses, former spouses, those in or formerly in a dating relationship, adults related by blood and those who have a biological or legal parent-child relationship. Domestic violence, beyond just being physically abusive, is also psychological. The batterer uses acts of violence and a series of behaviors including intimidation, threats, psychological abuse and isolation to coerce and control the other person. Under Maryland law, the following crimes will be considered domestic violence: assault child abuse rape and other...

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DIVORCE OPTIONS

DIVORCE LAWYER IN MARYLAND EXPLAINS YOUR DIVORCE OPTIONS Comparing Collaborative, Mediation and Litigation Unfortunately, many marriages don’t last the test of time. Each couple has a unique relationship, meaning each divorce is unique as well. There are several divorce options for couples seeking to separate in the state of Maryland and it’s important to understand each option and choose what is best for you and your family. Fortunately, divorce often doesn’t occur in a courtroom and is instead decided upon through many meetings and conversations. Seek out assistance from an experienced divorce lawyer in Maryland to learn more about the various options...

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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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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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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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