-written by Attorney Maureen Renehan Child Support, In General. Child Support is defined as the payment from one parent to the other parent for the purpose of financially supporting the children. Child support is a right that belongs to the child; not the parent receiving it. Thus, parents cannot waive child support. Both parents have a legal... Read More
-written by Attorney Maureen Renehan The COVID-19 Pandemic has had a financially crippling effect on many individuals. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs or their work hours have been decreased. As a result, many American families are finding themselves in a position where they cannot afford to pay their bills. The new Federal Legislation,... Read More
Due to the recent events regarding COVID-19, some couples in the DC metro area have been dealing with added stress and anxiety. An article was recently written in The Washingtonian about what couples should know if they’ve been having marital issues during this time of shutdown, and BRP’s Brian Pearlstein was quoted in the article.... Read More
We are thrilled to announce that Edouard Bouquet has been named to the 2020 Washington, DC Super Lawyers List. This is an honor reserved for attorneys who exhibit excellence in their practices, as only 5% of attorneys in Washington, DC received this distinction. Edouard consistently delivers top-quality representation as a result of his dedication and... Read More
-written by Attorney Samantha H. Pollin Whether in a Court Order, in a written Agreement, or even simply based on a mutual understanding, there is likely a “regular access schedule” that co-parents follow with regard to the care and custody of their children. But how can families follow a regular access schedule during such irregular... Read More
We are thrilled to announce that several of our attorneys have been selected for the 2020 Maryland Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list! Kristina Badalian, Edouard Bouquet, Brian K. Pearlstein, Bryan Renehan, and Heather Sweren are all recipients of the Super Lawyers recognition. This is an honor reserved for attorneys who exhibit excellence in their... Read More
Prior to October 2015, in order to obtain an absolute divorce in the State of Maryland on no-fault grounds, the divorcing couple was required to be living separate and apart without cohabitation for a period of one year. This changed effective October 1, 2015 when legislation was passed which allowed parties who still lived together to divorce if certain criteria was met.
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.
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?
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.