Financial Support (Child Support & Alimony)

COVID’s Impact on Families

COVID’s Impact on Families

If you’re wondering why there’s no discussion of COVID on my site, that’s because what I’ve written on this topic appears on my firm’s – Joseph, Greenwald & Laake’s - website.  Well, look no further… Here’s a quick index so you can easily get to and read about...

Maryland Child Support Guidelines Updates – Updated Economic Data 2021

Maryland Child Support Guidelines Updates – Updated Economic Data 2021

2021 will see 5 major changes to the child support guidelines, one of which updates the Maryland child support guidelines using newer economic data.  Updates for economic data were last enacted in 2010 (based on 2008 data) and before that in 1989 (based on 1972-1973...

Maryland Child Support Guidelines Updates – Shared Physical Custody 2020

Maryland Child Support Guidelines Updates – Shared Physical Custody 2020

For child support purposes, “shared physical custody” is the minimum number of overnights a parent must have in order for the number of overnights to be included in the child support guidelines calculation.  Shared physical custody child support is typically lower...

Maryland Child Support Guidelines Updates – 2020 & 2021

Maryland Child Support Guidelines Updates – 2020 & 2021

The 2020 Session of the Maryland General Assembly saw several major developments to Maryland’s law on child support, some of which went into effect October 1, 2020 and the others going into effect October 1, 2021. This series of articles discusses those changes and...

Rose v. Rose – Child Support, Overnights & Retroactive Modification

Rose v. Rose – Child Support, Overnights & Retroactive Modification

On February 1, 2018, the Court of Special Appeals issued its opinion in Rose v. Rose, a case involving: Alimony termination due to the ex-spouse's alleged cohabitation in a marriage like relationship pursuant to Gordon v. Gordon; I discuss this in Rose v. Rose -...

Rose v. Rose – Alimony Termination & Cohabitation

Rose v. Rose – Alimony Termination & Cohabitation

On February 1, 2018, the Court of Special Appeals issued its opinion in Rose v. Rose, a case involving: Alimony termination due to the ex-spouse's alleged cohabitation in a marriage like relationship pursuant to Gordon v. Gordon; Reimbursement of children's expenses;...

What is Voluntary Impoverishment?

What is Voluntary Impoverishment?

When a parent or spouse is determined voluntarily impoverished, the court may determine child support or alimony based upon the parent’s or spouse's potential income and earning capacity. In Child Support Cases: Voluntary impoverishment was defined by Maryland’s Court...

Can Immigration Status Impact Maryland Child Support?

Can Immigration Status Impact Maryland Child Support?

On September 29, the Court of Special Appeals issued an opinion about child support, focusing on the intersection of voluntary impoverishment (deliberate unemployment or underemployment to avoid paying child support) and immigration status. In short, in Dillon v....

Maryland Child Support – What is retroactive child support?

Maryland Child Support – What is retroactive child support?

When a parent files for child support, the date of filing starts the clock on the child's right to child support.  Retroactive child support is the right to child support from the date of filing a request with the court until a child support order is granted. The...

Financial Fidelity & Relationships

Financial Fidelity & Relationships

In a recent survey of 2000 millennials, almost two-thirds (60%) reported that a romantic partner used money to manipulate or gain power and control in a relationship and an equal amount (60%) said a romantic partner had either lied about money, or hid money or debt...