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What Must You Prove To Modify A Custody Agreement In Maryland?

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In Maryland, child custody refers to the legal and physical arrangements made for the upbringing of a child. In any divorce case involving children, a final order is entered detailing each parent’s legal and physical custody rights with regard to each child. The parent who does not have primary custody still has visitation or… Read More »

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What Is A Protective Order In Maryland?

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According to Maryland statute, a protective order is an order issued by the court that prevents an individual from committing certain acts against another individual. It is sometimes colloquially referred to as a restraining order. In this article, the Maryland divorce lawyers at Schlaich & Thompson Chartered will discuss protective orders and how they… Read More »

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Non-Marital Property In A Maryland Divorce

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When a couple divorces in Maryland, all of their property is divided into two categories: marital property and non-marital property. Non-marital property was acquired before the date of the marriage or through inheritance or gift after the marriage; whereas, marital property is any other property that was acquired during the marriage.   In other cases,… Read More »

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Grounds For Divorce Updated Back In 2023

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The Maryland legislature made major changes to family law back in 2023 doing away with limited divorce and updating the grounds for filing a divorce. Prior to October of 2023, Maryland law permitted two types of divorce: limited and absolute. As the name suggests, an absolute divorce was a permanent severing of all legal… Read More »

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Rehabilitative Versus Indefinite Alimony In Maryland Divorce Cases

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One of the most essential aspects of any Maryland divorce case is alimony. There are profound differences between temporary alimony, rehabilitative alimony, and indefinite alimony. Each tends to have a major impact on both the spouse who is receiving alimony and the spouse who is paying alimony. Those facing a dispute over alimony must… Read More »

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Establishing Or Disestablishing Paternity In Maryland

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A paternity case filed in 2017 dealt with an issue raised by a college student who had signed paperwork stating that he was the father of his girlfriend’s baby. In this case, the father sought to disestablish paternity after he found out that his girlfriend had other lovers. In 2014, the two had begun… Read More »

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Unconscionability In Alimony Requests

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Alimony is often one of the most contested issues in divorce proceedings. Generally speaking, the court can award two different types of alimony after your divorce is finalized, namely rehabilitative and indefinite alimony. Of the two, indefinite alimony is the most difficult to secure. A spouse must demonstrate a need for indefinite alimony and… Read More »

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How Can I Pursue Alimony When My Former Spouse’s Income Fluctuates

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Many Maryland residents have jobs in which their income can fluctuate on a monthly basis. They may be contract workers or otherwise not have a steady income. Their earnings may be tied to commission. Jobs such as insurance salesmen, brokers, financial advisors, real estate agents, or sales reps may make significantly more money in… Read More »

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The Three Different Types Of Alimony In Maryland

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Alimony is one of the most vigorously contested elements of divorce. The State of Maryland recognizes three different types of alimony, namely temporary, rehabilitative, and indefinite. The differences between these three types of alimony are significant. They can have a tremendous impact on both the spouse who receives alimony and the one who pays…. Read More »

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Are Common Law Marriages Recognized In Maryland?

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The laws regarding common law marriages, within the state of Maryland, are complex. But, by being aware of them, it’s easier to determine whether or not establishing a common law marriage is the right choice.  What Is A Common Law Marriage?  A common law marriage is a marriage that was made without conducting a… Read More »

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