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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Don’t Let Alimony Mess Up Your Taxes After Divorce

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

Just in time for tax season come two horror stories of people who have royally screwed up their taxes after their divorce by not paying alimony the right way. We want to remind you that getting a divorce attorney is not the only professional you need to hire. In any tax situation, you should seek…

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Horror Stories from Divorce Cases

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

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Some horror stories in court are worse than any movie Hollywood ever came out with. We have some “horror stories” from lawyers about divorce cases they were involved in. On a popular website, there was a recent request for divorce lawyers to tell their most outrageous stories of divorce and child custody cases. Divorce is…

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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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What Not to Do in Your Divorce (And Some Tips on Doing it Right)

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

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You don’t ever want your divorce to make the news. Frankly, that is a good general goal to have in any legal proceeding. A recent news item out of Philadelphia (where else?) provides an excellent example of how NOT to handle marital property disputes during your divorce. Read on to find out how you SHOULD…

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Ex-Wife Wins Against New Wife in Pension Battle

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

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Maryland’s Court of Appeals, the highest Court in Maryland, found that a Separation Agreement giving the ex-wife rights to her ex-husband’s pension, trumped his own personal designation of his second wife as the beneficiary. In this case the ex-wife had a separation agreement with her ex-husband, which was made part of their divorce order, giving…

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