The underlying legal standard for determining custody and visitation arrangements is the best interest of the children. Regardless of whether the parents are working to negotiate a settlement outside of Court, or relying upon the court ins contested litigation, the best interest standard applies to child custody issues. Maryland Courts have found that a variety […]
Although it is not required that a divorcing spouse be represented by an attorney in divorce proceedings, it is very much recommended. Individuals who proceed with settlement negotiations without the advice of an attorney may later regret decisions they have made once it is too late. Signing a marital settlement agreement without the advice of […]
The best way to prepare for meeting your new lawyer is to gather information regarding all assets and liabilities that exist in the marriage to the best of your ability. In addition, bringing the most recent three to five years of tax returns to your initial meeting will assist the attorney in assessing issues of […]
In Maryland, there is no requirement for parents to contribute to college costs for adult children. Child support obligations terminate upon a Child reaching the age of majority. If parents use a dispute resolution process outside of Court, they may choose to include a provision regarding college expenses, and the sharing thereof, in their marital […]
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.