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Category Archives: Family Law

What are the Grounds for Annulment in Maryland?

Like divorce, annulment is a means to end a marriage. Unlike a divorce, however, when an annulment is complete, the marriage is considered to have never existed in the first place. In many cases, people opt for annulments for religious or social reasons, but there are other benefits to annulments over divorce, as well. It’s… Read More »

Key Steps to Increase Your Child Support Payments

Once a child support order is in place, either parent may request a modification of the amount of child support being paid. If you are the receiving parent and wish to increase the amount of money you get, the general standard is that you must demonstrate that there has been a substantial change in circumstances… Read More »

How the Separation Date Could Matter in Your Divorce

While you are likely most concerned about when your divorce decree becomes official, the date you and your spouse separated could also be a major factor in the dissolution of your marriage. In general, the date of separation is the date when spouses stopped living together as a married couple. The most common scenario is… Read More »

Important Information on Filing for Divorce in Maryland

The process of filing for divorce can be complicated if you do not have a legal background, even if you and your spouse agree on most issues and you believe that your dissolution of marriage will be relatively stress-free. To begin the process, you must complete a form called the Complaint for Absolute Divorce, which… Read More »

How to Choose the Best Divorce Attorney for Your Needs

Have you decided you want to file for divorce from your spouse? If so, one of your first steps should be to hire a divorce attorney to guide you through what can be a complicated process. The following are a few characteristics to look for in your divorce lawyer: Experience: An attorney who has significant… Read More »

Your Attitude and Actions May Impact Your Divorce

Divorce can be an emotionally charged, difficult process. However, you have a choice as to how you will conduct yourself through it all. Taking the high road may be difficult at times, but ultimately it’s likely to provide you with better results. This means that, occasionally, compromise is going to be necessary. It also means… Read More »

What You Should Know About Uncontested Divorce

An uncontested divorce basically means both parties involved are in agreement on the major elements of a divorce, including: Child custody, visitation and/or shared parenting time arrangements The amount and duration of child support payments The amount and duration of alimony payments How all marital properties and debts will be divided If able to agree… Read More »

Why You Want to Be the One to File for Divorce

In some situations, the spouse who does not file for the divorce could actually face stiffer consequences than the person who does file. Thus, if you know a divorce is coming your way, it is important to be proactive in filing the paperwork yourself. The following are a few of the main reasons why it… Read More »

Bill Would End Need for Witnesses in Certain Maryland Divorces

There are two ways to get a divorce in Maryland. The first is to allege fault, in which one spouse states that the other was unfaithful or abusive or committed another wrong. The second requires no allegation of fault; the couple must only prove that they have lived apart for at least one continuous year…. Read More »

Maryland Debates Bill That Could Terminate Parental Rights of Rapists

A controversial bill that would terminate the parental rights of rapists is currently making its way through the Maryland legislature — with those on both sides claiming the need to protect the innocent. Those in favor of the bill argue that a woman who chooses to raise a child who is the product of a… Read More »

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