Financial Support (Child Support & Alimony)

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...

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...

New Law on Health Insurance & Maryland Child Support Awards

New Law on Health Insurance & Maryland Child Support Awards

Effective October 1, 2017, a new law will go into effect, expanding the definition of “health insurance” for child support purposes. HB926 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2017RS/bills/hb/hb0926T.pdf) passed the Senate unanimously and almost so in the House (126-1), and...

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...