Child custody is one of the most complicated aspects of any divorce and the process is often harder on the children than it is on the parents. When a divorce is contested, child custody is frequently more difficult to resolve as the parties find it hard to agree on how their parenting time is going to be divided. If a divorce is uncontested and the parties are able to agree on the other issues, they generally have a greater chance of establishing a child custody plan that works for both parties and the children. Read more
Many marriages fail for numerous reasons, infidelity, also referred to as adultery, being one of the most common. While some couples are successful in working through the loss of trust, others cannot stand to endure the stress and pain the infidelity has brought to the marriage and choose to divorce. Adultery as an issue in a divorce creates a more complex set of issues both as to financial issues as well as custody if minor children are involved. Read more
Property Division in Divorce
Divorces usually involve property division. With a few important exceptions, all the property that was acquired during a marriage is considered marital property in Maryland. Marital property normally includes such things as houses, cars, furniture, personal property, stocks, bonds, jewelry, bank accounts, pensions, retirement plans, 401k accounts and IRA’s. It generally does not include the value of professional degrees/licenses. Read more
What are the grounds for divorce in Maryland?
The reason that you are entitled to a divorce in Maryland is called the “grounds.” Maryland has “no-fault” and “fault” grounds for divorce. Read more
Barkley & Kennedy has had lots of experience guiding our clients through divorce cases. Our clients often ask us the following questions:
What does a divorce cost?
Bankruptcy can add an extra layer of challenge to anyone’s life. It’s particularly hard for a divorced woman relying on domestic support obligations. Women, especially women going through a life-changing event such as a divorce, can be hit hard. Some might be facing a substantially reduced income while trying to care for children, find employment or set up a new household. Read more
In our Rockville and Frederick, Maryland Law Practice, we frequently hear questions about child support. Here are 5 things we want to be sure our clients know.
1. How is child support calculated in Maryland?
Child support computation starts with the Child Support Guidelines in the Maryland Code. The guidelines provide the court and parties with a calculation that takes into account income of the parents and child expenses. To compute the Guidelines, click HERE. Read more
In our Rockville and Frederick, Maryland Law Practice, we frequently hear questions about custody cases. Here are 4 things we get asked regularly.
1. What is the difference between Legal and Physical Custody?
Legal Custody means the right to make decisions about major issues such as religion, education and medical care. Physical Custody means where the children will live.
Understanding Domestic Violence
Maryland law defines domestic violence “abuse” as the occurrence of one or more of the following acts between “family or household members”: Read more
Alimony and child support, as well as spousal support, are legal issues that arise in divorce and separation, and child support is also potentially an issue for parents who were never married. There is no such thing as a common law marriage in Maryland. As a consequence, alimony and spousal support are potential issues only for divorcing couples and require the assessment of your rights or potential liability in advance of any separation. Generally, without the parties living separate and apart, alimony and child support are not issues that a Maryland court will entertain. Read more