Maryland Family Law

 

Maryland laws are created and revised by the actions of lawmakers and the courts, as in other states. Click on the links below to learn more information.

1.State statute Maryland Family Law
2. Fault or no-fault (typically when a state allows fault based and no-fault divorce, fault based divorces require no separation period. Fault based
3. Equitable distribution or community property Equitable Distribution
a. Methods of apportionment  
i. Periera and Van Camp in CA  
b. Property distribution factors  
4. Legal separation? Legal separation
a. Waiting period/Separation period 1 year
5. Is mediation required Court may require for custody issues
6. Forms used Maryland Family Law Forms
7. Alimony guidelines and factors Alimony
Alimony formula  
a. Types Types
b. Term Limits Temporary or permanent
Cohabitation "May be modified as circumstances and justice requires MD FAMILY § 8-103 and MD FAMILY § 11-107
Unless parties agree otherwise, alimony may be terminated upon marriage of recipient MD FAMILY § 11-108"
c. Imputing income  
d. Change in circumstances  
e. Ceases on retirement  
Impute income on early retirement  
Early retirement for health reasons is involuntary  
f. Definition of income Definition of Income
8. Child support factors and guidelines Title 12 - Child Support
9. Child support calculator Maryland child support calculator
10. Lump Sum  Support allowed?  
11. Valuation  
a. Valuation date Divorce
b. Goodwill divisibility Personal goodwill is not divisible.  Enterprise goodwill is divisible. - Prahinski v. Prahinski, 75 Md.App. 113, 540 A.2d 833 (1988))
c. Standard of value Fair market value
d. Discounts  
e. Shareholder/partner agreements  
 12. Double dip  Impermissable double dip, not issue because personal goodwill not divisible
 a. Stock options  
 b. Retirement accounts  Permissable - Riley [82 Md App 400; 571 A 2d 1261; 1990 App Lexis 61
 c. Child support  
 13. Key cases  [82
 14. Premarital agreements  "Husband and wife may make agreement that relates to alimony, support, property  rights or personal rights MD FAMILY § 8-101"
 15. Common law  App 400; 571 A 2d 1261; 1990 App Lexis 61 


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