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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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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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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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ADULTERY & FILING FOR DIVORCE IN MARYLAND

Divorce Lawyer in Maryland Discusses Adultery and Filing for Divorce Infidelity can ruin a marriage, leaving one partner feeling betrayed and insecure. When adultery is a cause for divorce, the injured party will likely desire some sort of return for the emotional damages caused by their partner. Make sure to contact a divorce lawyer in Maryland if you are considering divorce because of adultery. Divorce in Maryland Maryland is a state which requires sufficient “cause” for divorce. This means that the individual filing for divorce, often referred to as the plaintiff, must have a specific reason to request a divorce. Sufficient causes include...

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FACTORS THE COURT CONSIDERS FOR CUSTODY AND VISITATION

Maryland Child Custody Attorney Explains The 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...

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