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.
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.
The accusations a separating couple can fling at each other can be really upsetting and sometimes scary. Many time clients ask me what to do if they find themselves having an argument with their spouse that gets heated, and more importantly what to do if the argument gets physical?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Free range parenting is buzzing in the news. What lessons are there to be learned from it, especially concerning child custody proceedings in Maryland and Washington, DC?
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?
Over the past twenty years, radical changes have occurred in science, allowing persons to have children with assistance. While these incredible steps have given hope to millions, the issue is that people are using these technologies without any knowledge of the potential legal ramifications.