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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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?