The cost is entirely dependent upon which process is used by the divorcing spouses to have their disputes resolved. The least expensive process is typically mediation, followed by attorney-negotiated settlements and Collaborative Process. Typically, the costliest form of dispute resolution is court litigation. Family law and divorce attorneys bill an hourly rate based upon the […]
If the spouses are able to resolve the issues of child custody, child support, alimony, property distribution, and any other disputes they may have by some out of court settlement process (Mediation, Collaborative Process, or attorney-negotiated settlement) which results in signing a Marital Settlement Agreement, the parties may proceed with an uncontested divorce. An uncontested […]
Often, a Parenting Plan will include much more detail and guidance for the parents to follow into the future, as opposed to a custody order issued by the Court. A Parenting Plan is an agreement reached by both parents as a result of having discussions and negotiations regarding what is in their children’s best interests. […]
Yes, both child custody and child support can be resolved by the parents either outside of Court, using mediation, attorney-represented negotiation, or Collaborative Practice, or by filing court litigation. The laws that apply to child custody and child support are applied in the same manner regardless of whether the parents were married, or not.
The answer to this question depends upon how the property is titled, and the nature of the property itself. For example, real estate in which the family resided during the marriage, which is often referred to as the “marital” or “family” home, if titled in both parties’ names is typically either sold and the net […]
The Maryland court may decree an absolute divorce on the following grounds: adultery; desertion, if: (i) the desertion has continued for 12 months without interruption before the filing of the application for divorce; (ii) the desertion is deliberate and final; and (iii) there is no reasonable expectation of reconciliation; conviction of a felony or misdemeanor […]
Child support can be simpler to calculate if the parents’ combined incomes total $180,000 per year or less. In those circumstances, the parties’ gross incomes are used to calculate the child support guideline worksheet, along with other factors such as work-related child care costs, health insurance premium costs, and support paid for other children from […]
Spousal support, or alimony, is determined by analyzing the factors which are set forth in the Annotated code of Maryland, Family Law article, section 11-106: the ability of the party seeking alimony to be wholly or partly self-supporting; the time necessary for the party seeking alimony to gain sufficient education or training to enable that […]