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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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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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4 Types of Assets under Maryland Property Division Rules

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When a married couple gets divorced in Maryland, there is a system of rules and guidelines in place to determine property division between the spouses. Unlike many U.S. jurisdictions, Maryland does not adhere to community property rules, where the former spouses split all marital assets down the middle. This type of 50-50 split is… Read More »

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What is the Difference Between At-Fault and No-Fault Divorces in Maryland?

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In historical context, divorce is a modern concept. A long time ago, marriage was a permanent and final act. Marriages continued until one spouse died. Only then could the other spouse consider remarrying. Gradually, the times began to change and the need for divorce became clear. If one spouse engages in domestic violence or… Read More »

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How Does Maryland Law Address Prenuptial Agreements?

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A prenuptial agreement is a contract that future spouses execute before they get married. Most prenuptial agreements protect one spouse’s assets and property from the other spouse. If the spouses ever get divorced, a valid prenuptial agreement overrides the usual rules concerning property division. In certain cases, prenuptial agreements can dictate the future terms… Read More »

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What Happens if Divorcing Spouses Cannot Agree on Property Division?

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In terms of property division during a Maryland divorce, it is increasingly common for the spouses to enter into a marital separation agreement. By negotiating the exact distribution of all marital property, the spouses can avoid a potentially ugly battle in court. If the spouses cannot come to a mutual agreement concerning their shared… Read More »

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5 FAQs About Alimony in Maryland

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The following sections will provide answers to five frequently asked questions about alimony in Maryland. What is the Purpose of Alimony in Maryland? Alimony is a type of spousal support payment that is available during and after divorce. These support payments are designed to address economic imbalances between the divorcing spouses. On a larger… Read More »

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7 Grounds for Absolute Divorce in Maryland

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Under Maryland Family Code 7-103, there are several grounds for which a Maryland court may declare an absolute divorce and dissolve a valid marriage. The following sections will provide an overview of seven different grounds for absolute divorce in Maryland. Adultery A Maryland court may declare an absolute divorce based on adultery. The faithful… Read More »

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6 Key Provisions of Marital Separation Agreements in Maryland

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During a Maryland divorce, it is possible for the spouses to simplify the process and execute a marital separation agreement. If the spouses can reach mutual agreement on a number of important terms, then divorce can be as simple as signing a contract in Maryland. While each marital separation agreement is different, most of… Read More »

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How Does Maryland Define Family and Marital Property?

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In order to establish clear guidelines for property division during a divorce, Maryland employs several definitions for family and marital property. As highlighted in Code of Maryland 8-201, there are three types of property that are important during the divorce process — family home, family use personal property and marital property. Before progressing any… Read More »

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