Author Archives: Jay Butchko
What Are The Advantages & Disadvantages Of A Prenuptial Agreement?
Many spouses choose to develop, and then sign, a prenuptial agreement, as a result of the advantages such an agreement offers. But, many spouses choose to forfeit a prenuptial agreement, due to the disadvantages it offers. By being aware of the advantages and disadvantages of a prenuptial agreement, it’s easier to determine whether or… Read More »
How Can You Obtain A Peace Order Against A Family Member?
A peace order is similar to a protective order, but a little different. For those who are in need of protection, but not eligible for a protective order, a peace order is worth considering. What Is A Peace Order? A peace order is defined as the following: a court order that requires one particular… Read More »
What Happens When You Violate Your Probation?
A probation violation is a very serious matter that can lead to revocation of probation, jail, and even prison. By being aware of why this is the case, and what goes into the process, it’s easier to prevent the legal consequences of a probation violation. What Is a Probation Violation? A probation violation is… Read More »
How Can You Co-Parent Effectively?
Right after a divorce is finalized, many parents begin co-parenting. Even though co-parenting is not too dissimilar from parenting as a married couple, it still offers a variety of unique challenges. By being aware of methods and strategies that allow for effective co-parenting, it is much easier for two former spouses to parent in… Read More »
What Are The Different Types Of Alimony In Maryland?
The state of Maryland has several different types of alimony. By being aware of the different types of alimony in Maryland, it’s easier to determine which type of alimony is right for a particular spouse and their situation. What Is Alimony? The definition of “alimony” is as follows: financial assistance and monetary support that… Read More »
What Happens To Your Life Insurance When You Divorce?
Dealing with a life insurance policy can be tricky enough on its own. But, when this life insurance plays a role in one’s divorce proceedings, things can become far more complicated than they need to be. What Is Life Insurance? The definition of “life insurance” is as follows: a contract between an individual and… Read More »
What Factors Influence Property Division In Maryland?
Many divorces involve the distribution of marital property. To ensure these assets are distributed in an equal manner, the state of Maryland relies on a process known as “property division.” Property division is a process that allows for marital property to be divided in an equitable manner. Only property that is considered “marital property”… Read More »
What Are The Legal Elements Of Domestic Violence In Maryland?
Domestic violence exists at the intersection of family and criminal law in Maryland. Based on specific requirements, domestic violence stands apart from many other criminal offenses. There are two fundamental elements to domestic violence under Maryland Code of Family Law Section 4-501: (1) The perpetrator must commit an act of abuse; and (2) The… Read More »
Rejecting Maryland Child Custody For Neglect, Abuse Or Murder
For divorced or unmarried parents, Maryland family law typically provides both parents with the right to obtain child custody rights. But in certain cases, the Maryland courts may determine that awarding custody rights would hurt the child’s best interests. For example, the Maryland courts may deny child custody rights for (1) likelihood of neglect/abuse,… Read More »
Maryland Absolute Divorce: At-Fault Vs. No-Fault
There are two types of divorce under Maryland family law — limited and absolute. Generally speaking, limited divorces are temporary and enable the parties to reconcile their differences. On the other hand, absolute divorce is permanent, without any avenue to resuming marriage thereafter. In addition, there are two main categories of absolute divorce —… Read More »