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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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GRANDPARENT & 3RD PARTY CUSTODY

MARYLAND FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY Grandparents Visitation Rights in Maryland When courts need to make a decisions about child custody or visitation, the court balances what is best for the child with what a parent’s constitutional right is in regards to how the child should be raised. There are a variety of factors the court will look at including the role of any other party such as grandparents. Maryland law allows grandparents to ask the court for visitation rights and even custody rights. If you are trying to get visitation rights for your grandchild, make sure to contact an experienced Maryland family law...

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WILLS & POWER OF ATTORNEY

MARYLAND FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY Wills & Power of Attorney in Maryland Although Maryland law regards wills and powers of attorney as separate documents, both create rights and responsibilities for different parties. Both create a mechanism for one person to legally act on behalf of another and both have specific provisions under Maryland law that they must meet to be valid. A will is a legal document that describes how the person drafting the document wants to have their assets and property disposed of when he/she dies. The will appoints an executor who distributes the assets on behalf of the decedent. If someone dies...

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JUDGMENT ENFORCEMENT

When the Courts and judges issue order they expect them to be followed. Failure to pay child support can have serious consequences.   Maryland Department of Human Resources helps custodial parents with collecting child support payments from non-custodial parents. Failure to pay child support can lead to suspension of driver's license and/or professional license (license to practice law or real estate license); denial of tax refunds and other types of government benefits; garnishment of wages, property and bank account liens, etc. The parties however can work among themselves to work out how and when the payment can be made. If you are behind of paying your child support...

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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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DESERTION AS A GROUND FOR DIVORCE

Divorce Lawyer in Maryland Explains Desertion as a Ground for Divorce In order to file for divorce in the state of Maryland, several requirements must be met. Unlike no fault states, Maryland requires a specific reason for divorce. If the married couple lives apart for 12 or more months before filing for divorce, this “fault” requirement is waived. Additionally, at least one spouse must be a Maryland resident for at least one year before filing for the divorce. Divorce can be a pretty tricky subject, especially with multiple variables involved. It’s always best to consult a divorce lawyer in Maryland to...

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COLLABORATIVE, MEDIATION AND LITIGATION AS YOUR DIVORCE OPTIONS

FAMILY LAWYER IN MARYLAND 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 of cases. What is Mediation? Mediation is the process through which...

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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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