Maryland divorce - CHILD SUPPORT GUIDELINES.
Maryland has child support guidelines which must be followed in awarding child support. The guidelines are a formula. There is a worksheet which each side must fill out. The court will review the figures on the worksheet and apply the guidelines. The ... More details
Maryland divorce - Child support.
Child support may be awarded. There are specific child support guidelines and charts supplied in the statute. There is a presumption that the amount shown for support in the guidelines is correct. However, the amount may be adjusted up or down if it ... More details
Maryland divorce - COLLUSION.
Collusion is an agreement between two or more persons that one of the parties brings false charges against the other. In a divorce case, the husband and wife may agree to use adultery as a ground in order to obtain a divorce more quickly, knowing ful ... More details
Maryland divorce - Common law marriage.
A common law marriage comes about when a man and woman who are free to marry agree to live together as husband and wife without the formal ceremony. to be common law married, both spouses must have intended to be husband and wife. Maryland does not r ... More details
Maryland divorce - Condonation.
Condonation is the act of forgiving one's spouse who has committed an act of wrongdoing that would constitute a ground for divorce. Condonation generally is proven by living and cohabiting with the spouse after learning that the wrongdoing was commit ... More details
Maryland divorce - General Divorce Procedure.
A default judgment will be granted only upon actual testimony of the filing spouse. Marital settlement agreements are encouraged and authorized by statute. Such an agreement may be used as corroboration of the filing spouse’s testimony that the separ ... More details
Maryland divorce - Grounds for Maryland Divorce.
Maryland recognizes Fault-based and No-fault grounds for divorce.
No-fault: ... More details
Maryland divorce - Legal Separation.
Legal separation must be grounded on: 1) willful desertion; 2) cruel and inhuman treatment; 3) voluntary separation and living apart without cohabitation.
The spouses must make a good faith effort towards reconciliation. The legal separa ... More details
Maryland divorce - Limited divorce.
Limited divorce establishes certain legal responsibilities while the parties are separated but does not end the marriage. See Annotated Code of Maryland, Family Law Article, Section 7-102. ... More details
Maryland divorce - Marital property.
Marital property includes all property acquired during the marriage, even if it is not titled in both names, with some exceptions, See Annotated Code of Maryland, Family Law Article, Section 8-201(e) for definition and Sections 8-203 through 8-205 fo ... More details
Maryland divorce - Mediation or Counseling.
The court will order mediation if child custody is an issue. However, the court will not order mediation if there is a history of physical or sexual abuse of the child. ... More details
Maryland divorce - Petition.
Petition is a legal paper that starts a divorce case. ... More details
Maryland divorce - Plaintiff.
Plaintiff is the person who started the case. ... More details
Maryland divorce - Property Distribution.
Maryland is an "equitable distribution" state. The spouses retain their separate property, including:
(1) any gifts and inheritances; (2) property acquired prior to the marriage; and (3) property which is directly traceable to ... More details
Maryland divorce - Residency Requirements.
One spouse must have been a resident of Maryland for 1 year prior to filing for divorce, if the grounds for divorce occurred outside of Maryland. Otherwise, either spouse may file for divorce. If insanity is ground for divorce, the residency requirem ... More details
Maryland divorce - Rights to Maiden Name.
Either spouse may restore a former name. ... More details
Maryland divorce - Spouse’s name.
Either spouse's former or birth name may be restored if the purpose is not illegal, fraudulent, or immoral. [Annotated Code of Maryland; Family Law, Section 7-105]. ... More details
Maryland divorce - Title of Divorce action.
Bill for Divorce. ... More details
Maryland divorce - Where to file for divorce.
In the county where either spouse resides. ... More details
Massachusetts divorce - Alimony maintenance spousal support.
Either spouse may be ordered to pay maintenance to the other. The factors to be considered are:
(1) the contribution of each spouse to the acquisition, preservation, or appreciation in value of any property, including the contribution of ... More details