General Divorce Articles
Alimony is a periodic payment by one former spouse to the other to provide an opportunity for the recipient spouse to become self-supporting.
Divorce mediation is an out-of-court process in which spouses meet with a neutral third party (the mediator) to identify issues of dispute, discuss possible options, and negotiate a separation agreement. The objective of mediation is to achieve an agreement where the parties themselves have control over the terms.
Maryland will recognize as valid out-of-state divorces that meet the requirements of the court granting the divorce judgment.
When a former spouse fails to comply with a court order or the terms of a private separation agreement, the other spouse may ask the court for help in gaining compliance
Federal legislation gives spouses and divorced spouses some rights in a worker’s pension plan and social security benefits.
If you are in the U.S. on a visa that was granted based on your spouse’s application, a divorce or separation may affect your lawful status and ability to stay in the U.S. You must be careful in choosing whether and when to separate or get a divorce. This article will help you weigh your options.
With a few important exceptions, all the property that was acquired during a marriage is considered marital property.
Under certain conditions, a state court may award a portion of one spouse's military retired pay to the other, as part of a divorce order.
Divorce is the ending of a marriage ordered by a court. Because marriage is considered a civil contract between the parties under Maryland law, the complete dissolution of marriage is a divorce.
Parenting coordination is a process that helps parents identify conflicts between them and consider ways to parent more effectively.
If you are handling your own divorce, one important type of marital property that can be easily overlooked is the interest one spouse has in the other spouse's pension, retirement, profit sharing, or deferred compensation plan(s).
Agreements between persons about to marry made before a ceremony is performed and in anticipation of marriage are usually called prenuptial contracts or agreements.
A few facts on how property is treated during a divorce in Maryland and a quiz to see if you should represent yourself in your divorce.
To access a part of your spouse’s retirement, you must have a court order, often called a Qualified Domestic Relations Order.
To file for divorce in Maryland one party must be resident in Maryland. To show that you are a Maryland resident for purposes of a divorce, you must be physically living in Maryland.
A couple may privately enter into an oral or written agreement to live apart. This is typically called a marital settlement agreement, separation agreement, or property settlement agreement.
Divorced spouses may be entitled to one half the wage earner's "full benefit" amount. The full benefit amount is based on the wage earner's work history.
Divorce can affect your income taxes. Your written settlement agreement should state how you and your spouse will handle the issues in this article.
A divorce decree is a formal order issued by the court at the end of the divorce proceeding.