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Three Changes in the Tax Bill That Might Affect Your Divorce

April 4, 2018 by Firm

Associate

Practices: Maryland

As one of the biggest topics in the news in recent times, you have certainly heard about the tax overhaul that was passed in Washington. Officially called the Tax Cut and Reform Bill, this measure was signed into law on December 22nd, 2017.

Annulment In Maryland and Its Consequences

November 2, 2016 by Firm

Associate

Practices: Maryland

There are basically three general avenues by which a marriage can end: death, divorce and annulment. Death is obvious and divorce is the most commonly thought of endpoint to a marriage when death does not terminate it first. The often less contemplated end to a marriage is by annulment.

Santo v. Santo & Joint Custody With Tie-Breaking Authority in Maryland

October 24, 2016 by Heather Sweren

Associate

Practices: Maryland

In a recent decision, Santo v. Santo (citation not yet available), published July 11, 2016, the Maryland Court of Appeals confirmed a trial judge’s authority to award one party tie-breaking authority, for legal custody, even when parents have an inability to communicate on major decisions affecting the health, education, welfare, religion of a minor child. What does this mean in your case?

What Is Considered Marital or Non-Marital Property in Maryland?

October 18, 2016 by Heather Sweren

Associate

Practices: Maryland

Clients regularly confuse what is considered “marital property” as opposed to “non-marital” property. Identifying marital versus non-marital property becomes even more difficult when non-marital property is commingled (or mixed) with marital property.

Custody Evaluations in Maryland and the District of Columbia: How To Interact with the Evaluator Handling Your Case

August 2, 2016 by Shuaa Tajammul

Associate

Practices: Maryland

In Maryland and the District of Columbia, courts must determine what is in a child’s best interest to make a custody determination. This is a difficult process for the court, and is fraught with gray areas and ambiguities. Thus, the court may order a custody evaluation to assist in its decision making.

Family Law, Divorce, & Custody: Is Social Media Helpful or Hurtful?

July 28, 2016 by Samantha Pollin

Associate

Practices: Maryland

In 2016, everyone can be found on the internet—and by anyone! That includes the attorney of your soon to be ex. With social media embedded on our phones and intertwined throughout our lives, it is showing up in courtrooms and affecting custody cases, divorce proceedings, and other family law matters. Understand the rules of engagement before you post one more photo or seemingly harmless update.

Significant Change in Maryland Custody Law: Recognition of De Facto Parents Impacts Same-sex Relationships & Non-Adoptive Partners

July 11, 2016 by Firm

Associate

Practices: Maryland

On July 7, 2016 non-biological parents in Maryland won important rights with regard to custody and visitation. Prior to that date, Maryland did not recognize what is known as de facto parenthood. The opinion of the Maryland Court of Appeals in Conover v. Conover establishes recognition of de facto parents in Maryland. This is a major change in Maryland custody law.

Handling the Maryland Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE)

July 8, 2016 by Firm

Associate

Practices: Maryland

If you have a child or children and you are separated, depending on the custody situation, you may be obligated to pay child support to the other parent. If the court enters an order obligating you to pay child support, you should read that order carefully. In many instances the “how” portion of the order will direct you to pay child support to the Maryland Office of Child Support Enforcement.

Corroboration No Longer Required Obtaining A Decree of Divorce in Maryland

June 22, 2016 by Brian Pearlstein

Associate

Practices: Maryland

Effective October 1, 2016, Maryland Courts no longer require corroboration to obtain a decree of divorce. What is corroboration? The rules required that a party seeking a divorce needed a third party to present testimony to corroborate the grounds for divorce.

Is It Really Better To Have A Prenup?

June 19, 2016 by Heather Sweren

Associate

Practices: Maryland

A prenuptial agreement (“prenup”) provides a snapshot in time of the assets of the parties’ at the time the parties get married. And, like all contracts, codifying the arrangement can have both beneficial and harmful consequences. A prenup may establish division of assets, and support obligations (e.g. alimony) often without any consideration of what may transpire in the future. Conversely, a prenup may also set ground rules as to division of property acquired during the marriage in the event of divorce.

Alimony Modification, Extension and Termination in Maryland

May 11, 2016 by Brian Pearlstein

Associate

Practices: Maryland

Alimony may remain a source of legal involvement even once the divorce is finalized. It is often contested or, when circumstances change, is subject to modification actions. Understand what can be the basis for a change in alimony in Maryland.

MD Passes “Mutual Consent” Law Allowing For Expedited Divorce

October 21, 2015 by Brian Pearlstein

Associate

Practices: Maryland

In October of 2015 Maryland changed it's laws around no-fault divorce when there is mutual consent between the parties. The law can allow for an expedited divorce process but certain conditions must be met.

Limited Appearances Now Permitted in MD Family Law Representation

July 14, 2015 by Brian Pearlstein

Associate

Practices: Maryland

In the past, hiring a Maryland family law attorney was pretty much all or nothing. Court rules prohibited representing a client in a limited capacity. Now, Maryland has changed its rules to allow for limited representation which can reduce the financial burden associated with legal fees.

Same-Sex Marriage: Financial & Legal Issues to Address

July 9, 2015 by Brian Pearlstein

Associate

Practices: Maryland

The U.S. Supreme Court recently legalized marriage equality in the case Obergefell v. Hodges so all 50 states can now perform and recognize same-sex marriages. But what does this mean in terms of family law? Like any other couple, same-sex couples must address the legal and financial issues that come with marriage.

Choosing Your Divorce Lawyer: A 9 Point Checklist

June 2, 2015 by Brian Pearlstein

Associate

Practices: Maryland

Selecting a divorce lawyer is a very important decision. After all, this person will chart your strategy and help guide you through one of the more difficult periods of life. Too often however, the high drama of the moment prompts a rushed or impulsive decision that you can later come to regret. Before you sign that representation agreement step back, breathe, and consider these nine factors.

Divorce & Important Financial Data

April 12, 2015 by Firm

Associate

Practices: Maryland

So it has finally come to this: you are ready to proceed with a divorce. This realization is often followed by uncertainty about what sort of information you might need in preparation. Whether your divorce is a mutual decision between your spouse and yourself or one which is yours and yours alone – an array of basic information is necessary.

Joint Custody & Passports for Children

January 19, 2015 by Heather Sweren

Associate

Practices: Maryland

It is a difficult feat to obtain a passport for a minor under 16 if one parent, who has joint legal custody with the other, refuses to cooperate. So, when faced with this road block, what may a parent do?

Do I Need a Rehabilitation or Medical Expert in an Alimony Case?

October 19, 2014 by Maureen Renehan

Associate

Practices: Maryland

Litigation in family law cases often involves expert testimony. Expert testimony can be important to establish facts that affect the amount and duration of alimony. For example, when alimony involves a medical claim a doctor or medical professional may offer important testimony.The matter of expert testimony in Maryland alimony cases has recently come into focus in two appellate decisions.

Divorce, Family Law, & Technology

February 19, 2014 by Edouard Bouquet

Associate

Practices: Maryland

Technology has become an integral part of our lives. The buzz is about the nifty things we can accomplish but how does technology impact us in something like a divorce or child custody dispute?

Marital Property and Hidden Assets: What Should You Do?

August 18, 2013 by Brian Pearlstein

Associate

Practices: Maryland

At Brodsky Renehan we represent a lot of business owners and high net worth individuals in their divorce. We often encounter cases that involve accusations of hidden assets. If you suspect your spouse is hiding assets, what should you do?

Maryland Divorce and the House

March 11, 2013 by Heather Sweren

Associate

Practices: Maryland

One of the most commonly asked questions we get as Maryland Divorce Attorneys concerns the family home. Who gets the house in a Maryland divorce?

Dogs in a Divorce: Who Gets Custody of the Pets?

February 14, 2013 by Brian Pearlstein

Associate

Practices: Maryland

Pets can be a contentious issue in a divorce. While many think of pets as family, the question that really must be answered is how are they viewed by the court?

Assisted Reproductive Technology Is A Legal Minefield

July 23, 2012 by Firm

Associate

Practices: Maryland

Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) is a miracle for those struggling to have a child. While these incredible steps in science are useful to mankind and have given hope to millions, the issue is that masses of people are using these technologies without any knowledge of the potential legal ramifications they could encounter.

Military & Government Employee Divorce

July 5, 2012 by Brian Pearlstein

Associate

Practices: Maryland

Does our representation vary for a police officer versus a private sector employee like a business owner? Are there special requirements for civil servants? Are there unique challenges?

Cohabitation & Alimony in Maryland

April 20, 2012 by Firm

Associate

Practices: Maryland

Family law issues don’t stop once the divorce is finalized. In fact, we often get questions from clients years after their matter is resolved. One of the most frequent topics relates to alimony, specifically tied to continuing alimony payments to a spouse. One of the common lines of inquiry we hear from clients revolves around cohabitation.

Maryland No Fault Divorce: Legal Reduction of Separation Period

January 7, 2012 by Bryan Renehan

Associate

Practices: Maryland

The Maryland General Assembly modified the grounds for divorce. This is a major change in the law. It shortens the time a spouse, who does not have an agreement to separate or a fault ground, has to wait for a divorce to one year down from two years.

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