Divorce Lawyer Bills His Client For Their Affair

by D'Erra Jackson | Posted in Family Law | Reading Time: 2 minutes

A divorce lawyer has been indefinitely suspended from practicing law after having an affair with his client. But that isn’t the worst part. He was also billing her for the time they were together conducting their affair! Wow. That is a new low! According to news accounts, the lawyer was representing a woman in a…

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You Can’t Reconcile With Your Spouse Over the Phone

by D'Erra Jackson | Posted in Family Law | Reading Time: 3 minutes

To get a divorce in Maryland, you need “grounds.” The most common ground for getting divorced is the one year voluntary separation. To achieve that, you must spend one year apart not living under the same roof and not engaging in marital relations. (For more on the “grounds” needed to get a divorce in Maryland,…

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Terminating Child Support – What You Need to Know

by D'Erra Jackson | Posted in Family Law | Reading Time: 4 minutes

Nobody likes paying child support. As necessary as it is, nobody likes paying it. But the courts will almost always require it when you are a non custodial parent. It is about the best interests of the child – not your former spouse. So what happens when your child turns 18 and there is no…

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How to Ease the Pain & Expense of Divorce in Maryland

by D'Erra Jackson | Posted in Family Law | Reading Time: 8 minutes

The breakup of a marriage is a painful and emotional process. In many ways it is the worst time to make smart decisions affecting your future. Yet it is very important that you do so. The decisions you make now can profoundly affect your life, and the lives of your children, for years. This post…

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Protective Orders in Maryland – How to File For One

by D'Erra Jackson | Posted in Family Law | Reading Time: 11 minutes

If you are in an abusive relationship, it may seem as if you have few options and nowhere to turn. But that is not true. You can and should remove yourself and your children from the abuser. And in Maryland, you have many tools at your disposal to make that happen. One is filing for a…

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Local Resources for Victims of Domestic Violence

by D'Erra Jackson | Posted in Family Law | Reading Time: 4 minutes

Experiencing an act of domestic violence is an overwhelming experience on several levels. Along with the psychological and physical trauma, you also face significant legal issues. You should get help – and you should get that help immediately. Below is list of resource that can help you deal many of the issues that you will…

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All About Alimony in a Maryland Divorce

by D'Erra Jackson | Posted in Family Law | Reading Time: 9 minutes

This post explains how alimony is handled in a typical Maryland divorce. It is part of our Free Legal Consumer Guide to Divorce in Maryland. Alimony is part of some, but not all, Maryland divorce cases. For all the details on Divorce in Maryland, click here to read our entire Free Legal Guide on Divorce…

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Divorced Couples Should Work Together – At Least At Tax Time!

by D'Erra Jackson | Posted in Family Law | Reading Time: 4 minutes

Each tax filing season can bring up thorny issues that will affect couples long after they’ve separated. Unless ex-spouses can set aside their differences, one or both partners will often end up overpaying. For example, one tax preparer in a Wall Street Journal story told of a tax return he did where the wife was…

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Limited Divorce – Limited but Sometimes Necessary

by D'Erra Jackson | Posted in Family Law | Reading Time: 3 minutes

Limited divorce? What is that? Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? A limited divorce is necessary in certain situations where the parties need to resolve very specific issues, but they are not yet eligible for a final divorce order. Getting a final divorce order can take a long time. You must have certain “grounds” for…

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After A Divorce, Who Gets To Claim The Kids On Their Taxes?

by D'Erra Jackson | Posted in Family Law | Reading Time: 2 minutes

Happy children in Southern Maryland.

Normally, the legal issue of who can claim the children will be something your lawyer will deal with during the divorce. If you have children of the marriage, your separation agreement or divorce decree will usually address the issue of who gets the kids at tax time. This is something that can be negotiated. You should…

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