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Is There a Time Limit on Alimony Support in Maryland?

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Alimony is a type of spousal support payment that attempts to balance inequalities between former spouses who complete a divorce. Either spouse can apply for alimony support payments. However, the Maryland courts must evaluate multiple factors before awarding alimony to either party to a divorce proceeding. What are the Factors for Awarding Alimony? Maryland… Read More »

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What are Natural Guardianship Rights for Maryland Parents?

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Under Maryland family law, natural birth parents have special rights and duties concerning child custody, care, and support. Referred to legally as natural guardians, parents are required to provide adequate care and support to their children. Even if the natural parents never married or completed a divorce, these rights and duties apply nonetheless. Natural… Read More »

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3 Types of Adoption Under Maryland Family Law

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Adoption under Maryland family law is a legal process that reassigns parental rights and responsibilities from birth parent to adopting parent. Adoption generally involves children. Though in certain cases, adoption cases involve adults, often those with special needs. To initiate the adoption process, a request for adoption must be filed with a Maryland state… Read More »

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What is the Maryland Family Law Approach to Alimony?

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Under Maryland family law, alimony is a type of spousal support that is available during or after divorce. During the process of ending their marriage, either spouse can request alimony support payments from the other spouse. These support payments are designed to help either spouse get back on their feet and become self-sufficient. The… Read More »

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How Does Maryland Address Nonpayment of Spousal or Child Support?

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Under Maryland family law, certain individuals are required to make spousal or child support payments. If such an individual fails to make court-ordered support payments, they can face various consequences under Maryland law, including but not limited to prison time and hefty fines. Penalties for Failure to Pay Spousal Support Maryland Code, Family Law… Read More »

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Child Visitation Rights Under Maryland Family Law

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Child visitation rights allow a parent or other person without to spend regular time with a child — even if they do not have legal child custody rights. Visitation arrangements are subject to approval by the Maryland state courts, which are always bound to consider the best interests of the child involved. Child’s Best… Read More »

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When Are Maryland Parents Required to Support Adult Children?

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In the State of Maryland, a parent’s child support and care duties typically involve minor children under the age of 18 years old. At that point, children reach adulthood and are responsible for supporting themselves. In certain cases, however, Maryland law requires a parent to support their children into adulthood. Referred to as adult… Read More »

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Prenuptial Agreements Under Maryland Family Law

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A prenuptial agreement is a contract between two people that they execute before becoming a married couple. These agreements traditionally exist to address financial imbalances between the soon-to-be spouses, ensuring that either party retains ownership of assets and property in the event of a divorce. Legal Backdrop of Prenuptial Agreements Under Maryland Code of… Read More »

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What is Alimony Pendente Lite Under Maryland Family Law?

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Alimony pendente lite is a temporary form of spousal support available under Maryland family law. A person going through divorce or a similar measure may request these temporary support payments while the legal process runs its course. Once the divorce or annulment is complete, alimony pendente lite expires automatically. Generally speaking, an award of… Read More »

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4 Types of Child Custody Under Maryland Family Law

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Under Maryland family law, unmarried or divorced parents must figure out child custody arrangements and determine who has control over the children involved. In certain cases, one parent takes complete responsibility for decision-making and care on their children’s behalf. In other cases, both parents share these responsibilities and care for their children jointly. Before… Read More »

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