All About Alimony in a Maryland Divorce

by D'Erra Jackson | Posted in Family Law | Reading Time: 8 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: 3 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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After A Divorce, Who Gets To Claim The Kids On Their Taxes?

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

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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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Alimony is not tax deductible anymore and that may complicate things

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

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Maryland divorce cases got harder to resolve after the 2017 tax law.  Alimony is now treated completely differently for tax purposes. While the law was passed in 2017 the changes take effect for tax year 2019. Alimony is a complicated subject in a Maryland divorce. Click here to read our post answering all of your…

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Divorce Can Make Refinancing Your House Difficult

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

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I saw a recent news article about a stay at home mom trying to refinance her house. She was running into major problems. It made me think of all the problems people must be having trying to save the house they negotiated for, or were awarded, in a past divorce case.  A typical Separation Agreement may…

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Pre-Nuptial Agreements with “Lifestyle” Clauses

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

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A pre-nuptial agreement is a common method of making sure certain things in life stay the way you want if your marriage ends in divorce.   We discussed their importance in a previous blog post you can read here. Typically, a pre-nup deals with marital assets. Since divorce is such a painful and emotional legal…

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When Can You Legally Leave a Child Unattended in Maryland?

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

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Most of us know it is simply common sense not to leave a young child unattended. But did you know Maryland has a specific law on this subject? Did you know Maryland provides an exact age requirement for leaving children unattended? Do you know what that age is? You should! Eight is the Magic Number…

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Does Mothers’ Preference Win in Custody?

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

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Recently a male client seeking a consultation on divorce and child custody asked if a father has a real shot at getting custody over the mother. My response was “of course!” This person did not seem convinced and asked, “Well, what about mothers being considered the better provider? Isn’t that how Maryland determines custody?” No….

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Local Resources for Victims of Domestic Violence

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

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Experiencing and act of domestic violence is an overwhelming experience. Along with the psychological and physical trauma you also face legal and emotional 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 face. They…

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Discovery in a Family Law Case

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

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If you are reading this post, you have probably received a letter or email from me with documents attached called Interrogatories and Request for Production of Documents. This is your first homework assignment in your family law case. This happens in many family law cases. In fact, it is common in almost any litigation case…

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