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How Does Maryland Address the Award of Alimony Support Payments?

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When a married couple decides to pursue a divorce or annulment, either spouse can request alimony support payments from the state courts. These support payments are designed to help address financial inequalities between the spouses. Alimony is common in situations where one spouse stayed at home to take care of children, thus sacrificing career… Read More »

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Determining Value & Ownership of Marital Property in Maryland

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Unless the parties to an annulment or divorce reach a mutual agreement, the Maryland courts step in to help divide marital property. In the process, the court must separate marital and non-marital property; determine the value of marital property; and resolve any ownership disputes concerning marital property. Determination of Marital Property Maryland Code of… Read More »

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Illegal Drug Possession Crimes Under Maryland Law

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Often referred to legally as controlled substances, illegal drugs can be extremely addictive and dangerous. To protect the public from this risk, Maryland enacted strict laws against and penalties for the possession of illegal drugs and other controlled substances. If a person possesses a controlled substance without valid authorization, they can face criminal fines… Read More »

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What Happens if Someone Fails to Pay Spousal or Child Support in Maryland?

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In the interest of fairness and equity, a Maryland court can order a person to pay spousal or child support on a periodic basis. These support payments help ensure that a spouse and any minor children are able to survive after a divorce or other type of relationship split. Once a Maryland court issues… Read More »

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What is an Independent Adoption in Maryland?

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Orphanages and foster homes tend to dominate any discussion concerning adoption. Whether state-funded or privately run, these facilities house and care for a large number of orphaned children across Maryland and the United States. But those facilities are not the only source for prospective adoption in Maryland. Many adoptions occur outside of the orphanage… Read More »

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What are the Rules in Maryland Concerning Assisted Suicide?

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Often referred to euthanasia, assisted suicide is the act of helping another person intentionally take their own life. This is a controversial topic, especially for the elderly and people suffering from intractable pain. It might seem humane to help that person end their misery. The problem is that death is final. There is no… Read More »

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4 Essential Features of Maryland Prenuptial Agreements

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Prenuptial agreements are a form of contract that a couple can execute before they get married. Prenuptial agreements are contingent upon marriage. If the parties do not actually get married, then the prenuptial agreement becomes null and void. Although the parties negotiate a prenuptial agreement before marriage, the terms are not effective until after… Read More »

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Maryland Rights for Natural Parents of Minor Children

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Under Maryland law, the natural parents of a minor child have certain rights and duties, such as child custody and care. In most cases, these rights and duties expire once the child reaches adulthood. At that point, the child is not a minor and responsible for their self-sufficiency. But so long as the child… Read More »

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The Family Home & Family Use Personal Property in Maryland

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When a married couple decides to pursue a divorce in Maryland, they must settle on how to deal with property division. The soon-to-be former spouses must either agree on a fair split or allow a Maryland court to carve up everything. Either way, there must be a final answer as to property division before… Read More »

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How Does Maryland Address Reckless, Negligent & Aggressive Driving?

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Across all state roadways in Maryland, it is unlawful to engage in reckless, negligent or aggressive driving. These offenses and similar traffic violations represent a serious danger of personal injury and property damage. To safeguard drivers from this type of behavior on state roads, Maryland employs strict laws and criminal penalties for reckless, negligent… Read More »

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