Divorce

Types of Evaluations in Custody Cases Volume 1: Court Evaluations

Types of Evaluations in Custody Cases Volume 1: Court Evaluations

In contested custody cases, there are many types of evaluations that the court can order or parties can agree to undergo in order to assess the fitness of the parents and the living and decision-making arrangements that suit the best interests of the children. These...

Pitfalls of Prolonged Separation…Without Divorce

Pitfalls of Prolonged Separation…Without Divorce

When couples separate for a long time, without divorcing or a settlement agreement, there are consequences. In Maryland, the court determines which property is marital, its value, and the division of marital property - all as of the date of the divorce. Marital...

2017 Maryland Family Law Legislative Update

2017 Maryland Family Law Legislative Update

The 2017 legislative session saw the introduction of relatively few family law bills, but with a surprising number passing (especially as compared with 2016). Subject to veto by the Governor until May 30 (which is not anticipated), the following bills were passed into...

The Unraveling of Divorce Need Not be Your Undoing…

The Unraveling of Divorce Need Not be Your Undoing…

Divorce often feels like an unraveling. Of a relationship. Of the family. Of the home. And, more challengingly, of yourself. The one relationship becomes two people with separate, yet often still intertwined, lives. Especially with children. What was one family...

Hiring an Attorney – What to Consider?

Hiring an Attorney – What to Consider?

Hiring an attorney means putting your trust in someone to advocate for you, your family, and your future on the unfamiliar path of divorce and custody. It is a stressful journey, arising from a difficult and challenging family situation. When you may feel like your...

What’s in a Name? Volume 2

What’s in a Name? Volume 2

In the 2017 legislative session, the Maryland Generally Assembly passed into law an update to existing law on restoration to a former name in a divorce. HB793: Family Law – Divorce – Restoration of Former Name (to view the...

What’s in a Name?  Volume 1

What’s in a Name? Volume 1

If requested in a divorce, a spouse will be restored to his or her given birth name or any other former name the party wishes to use. This name restoration cannot be stopped by the ex-spouse, nor can an ex-spouse require it of the other. There are two conditions that...

When the going gets tough, do the tough go to counseling?

When the going gets tough, do the tough go to counseling?

The divorce process takes. It takes resources - money, time, emotion, and energy - that feel (and likely are) in very short supply. Taking while giving little, it often feels, in return. Divorce is tough. So are we. Growing up being told, and so believing, that if we...

Celebrating Co-Parenting

Celebrating Co-Parenting

Co-parenting requires acceptance of and respect for the other parent and the child’s relationship with that parent. Co-parents organically succeed at reinventing what it means to be “family” despite separate households. They share the same beliefs about parenting,...

When Co-Parenting Doesn’t Work…

There has been much ado online recently about successful co-parents. Shared family vacations, shared family photos, shared holiday celebrations…even matching t-shirts. This is the ideal when two parents, despite their differences, co-parent organically. In my...

Maryland Domestic Violence Law Gets Minor – But Needed – Update

Maryland Domestic Violence Law Gets Minor – But Needed – Update

Currently, Maryland law (Family Law Article §7-301.1) makes an Interim, Temporary, or Final Protective Order granted in a domestic violence proceeding inadmissible evidence in other family law matters, such as divorce, custody, and custody modification cases....

Capital Loss Carry Forwards in Maryland Divorce

Capital Loss Carry Forwards in Maryland Divorce

When property is sold for less than the purchase price, this may result in a capital loss that can be used to offset certain types of income on future income tax returns. If not used all in one tax year, the capital loss may carry forward to be used in future tax...