How to Plan for Retirement After Your Divorce

August 20, 2019

Your finances will probably be one of the complicated parts of a divorce in Maryland. Just like your family, your investments have a future — one that should be carefully considered. Please remember this is not legal advice. Your retirement strategy should come from a detailed analysis of your unique situation. Having a comfortable retirement after a divorce is often an attainable goal. Once people grow accustomed to their new routine after their divorce, people often find the final combination of lifestyle change, support agreements and property division results in a minimal impact. Many of your worries may be unfounded….Read More »

What to Do If Your Spouse Is Spying on You

July 29, 2019

Even in marriage, everyone has a reasonable right to privacy. This means your spouse should not spy on your private conversations, peek into your phone or computer, or follow you without your knowledge. However, a jealous spouse or one who’s trying to gather information for an upcoming appearance in divorce court may cross the line and invade your privacy. Why Do Spouses Spy? Some people are just jealous by nature. And if your spouse has been cheated on or lied to in the past, that could make the likelihood that they’ll resort to sneaking and spying much higher. Your spouse…Read More »

5 Tips for Navigating Divorce with a High-Conflict Spouse

June 27, 2019

Divorce is never easy, but it can be downright awful under the wrong conditions. While some bickering and arguing is expected during your divorce, if your spouse has a tendency to seek out things to pick at and fight about, you’re in for quite the ride. But just because your spouse seems to always be spoiling for a fight doesn’t mean your entire divorce process has to feel like you’re walking on eggshells. There are some things you can do to help decrease the risk and intensity of the clashes. Here are 5 tips for navigating divorce with a high-conflict…Read More »

Dividing a Business Interest During a Divorce

June 19, 2019

In a Maryland divorce, your marital business is handled according to a theory of equitable division. That means a judge considers various aspects, such as your respective contributions to the business, in order to make a fair split. This is opposed to some states, including Texas, California and Wisconsin, that would instead divide property 50/50. There are many things that could have an effect regarding dividing up your company besides your individual contributions. Please read on for a brief discussion of various scenarios and important concepts that could be relevant to your case. This is not specific legal advice. In…Read More »

Where Should I Live During My Divorce?

June 4, 2019

One of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make after deciding you’re ready for divorce is where you’ll live. You may want to get out of your marital home, but is that a good idea? Maybe you don’t want to give up the place you’ve grown to love. If you’re newly separated, here are some things you need to know when choosing where to live. Staying in the Marital Home Many divorcing couples, especially those with children, choose to have someone remain in the marital home. However, deciding who gets to stay and who leaves can be tricky. For many…Read More »

5 Key Parenting Plan Considerations to Remember if You Have a Child with Special Needs

April 12, 2019

Going through a divorce with children is never easy. It’s an uncertain, emotionally fraught time that can put everyone involved into upheaval. Custody must be determined, child support must be secured, and parents must learn how to work together to raise children in a logistical manner they never considered before. But for the parents of children with special needs, the divorce process is even more complicated. What may seem like a “simple” divorce under any other circumstances can quickly become complex as care plans, expensive medical treatment, and a need for routine have to come into play. Here are 5…Read More »

I’m Getting Married Soon. Do I Need a Prenuptial Agreement?

February 5, 2019

You’ve got the date and venue set, and all the details are falling into place. You’re getting ready for the biggest, most romantic day of your life – Your wedding day. But before you head down the aisle, you may be wondering if signing a prenuptial agreement is a good idea. Sure, it’s not a romantic thing at all (Who wants to think about getting divorced before you’re even married?), but many couples find prenuptial agreements practical documents that help them feel secure starting their new lives together, knowing there will be fewer disagreements down the road.   What Is…Read More »

You’ve Been Furloughed: How To Stay Afloat

January 25, 2019

As the partial government shut down continues, federal employees have now missed two paychecks. Whether you are in the midst of a divorce case and trying to stay on top of your attorney’s fees, or you owe child support and are falling behind, or you’re a newly divorced spouse slated to receive alimony but are not because your spouse has been furloughed, you will need to consider some ways to stay afloat. In a previous post, we discussed the possibility of modifying your child support for a temporary reduction or payment plan. Other options include researching temporary loans. Review this…Read More »

Government Shutdown: Impact On Your Family Law Case

January 21, 2019

It is day 30 of the government’s partial shutdown, far exceeding the 21-day record shutdown in 1995. If you are a federal worker, or have a spouse or partner (or ex-spouse or ex-partner) who is a federal worker, you are—as 800,000 others also are—most likely experiencing the stress of not knowing when the next paycheck will arrive. If you are involved in a family law matter, you may have the added stress of wondering what impact the shutdown will have on your case. Fortunately, your family law case is at the state court level (e.g., Montgomery County Circuit Court, Prince…Read More »

I Lost My Job. What Does that Mean for My Child Support?

December 11, 2018

Losing a job is a stressful, nerve-wracking experience. You aren’t sure how you’re going to pay all your bills, or how quickly you may find another job. If you’re responsible for paying child support, your worries may go up to a whole other level. How will you pay your bills and support your child? If you’ve lost your job, depending on the reason, duration, and other circumstances, you may be eligible for an adjustment in your child support. Here are some typical conditions our clients run into when there is a job loss: If You Were Laid Off Getting laid…Read More »