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Family law matters are difficult and emotionally trying.  They often cause uncertainty and doubt. Our resources section is filled with helpful information on a variety of family law matters.  It is intended to help you educate yourself on the divorce & family law process in Maryland and D.C.

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

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)

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.

Is It Really Better To Have A Prenup?

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.

Hiding Assets In A Divorce: You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide; Or Can You?

Spouses will sometimes try to hide assets when facing a divorce. Offshore accounts, savings bonds, even a safe deposit box stuffed with cash are some of the favored tactics. On the flip side, cavalier accusations of hiding assets are made when the spouse, like a business owner, has complex business dealings. How should you proceed if your suspect hidden assets? How should you react if your are accused?

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