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Lorriane C. Ladish Posted in the Huffington Post the Following 10 Tips for Successful Co-Parenting.  Although this list is geared towards mothers, I think it is useful for either mothers or fathers: 1.Practice empathy Co-parenting your kids with your ex is no easy feat. Practicing empathy, trying to put yourself in both your kids’ and

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I recently had lunch with a friend who commented that he had several friends who wouldn’t talk to each other because of the election results. Some even changed their Thanksgiving plans because they didn’t want to have to share a meal around partisan recriminations.  He then told me that he had a friend who was

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We are sometimes asked whether Maryland is a community property state. It is not.  Only Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin are.  Maryland is an equitable property state. In equitable property states such as Maryland, property acquired during the marriage belongs to the spouse in whose name the property is titled–but

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Maryland is a two party consent state for purposes of recording another person. That is, you are not permitted to record someone in Maryland without the other party’s consent.  However, there is a little known, huge exception to that rule—recordings made on cell phones. At a recent divorce trial I successfully argued that the cell

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A common misconception is that alimony will automatically end when the person paying the alimony retires.  Unless the settlement agreement specifically provides for alimony termination upon retirement, recent cases in hold that alimony will continue, although perhaps at a reduced amount. In two Maryland cases, Ridgeway v. Ridgeway, 171 Md. App. 373; 910 A.2d 503 (2006)  and Stewart v. Stewart, No.

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 Litigation should be the last, not the first dispute resolution process that clients should use. I came upon the following blog, which I thought was applicable to many cases where the lawyer has steered the client to litigation to the client’s regret.  To many “old school” lawyers, litigation is the first recourse for obtaining a divorce. The author

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MARYLAND ELIMINATES WAITING TIME FOR SOME UNCONTESTED DIVORCES; NO SEPARATION REQUIRED   The Maryland General Assembly approved, and the Governor is expected to sign, legislation which would eliminate the waiting period for an uncontested divorce from the current period of one (1) year.  The change will be effective October 1, 2015. There are several important requirements

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Written by Betsy Ross, LICSW: Divorcing and divorced parents who work toward improving their relationship, can become free from the past faster and create a more stable, productive and enjoyable home life in which to raise healthier and happier children. Parents who are unable to stop fighting either openly (through yelling, door slamming, name calling,

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Mediation: Can Everybody Win? by William H. Donahue, Jr., Esq., APM In conflicts ranging from military battles to corporate wars to divorce, there’s usually a winner and a loser. In fact, we are conditioned to believe from an early age that when we come into conflict, there must be a victor who defeats another. So

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In Maryland, when the Circuit Court determines child support, depending on the total combined gross income of both parents, it uses an algebraic formula commonly referred to as “child support guidelines.”  The formula considers the number of children, the income of each parent, and the percentage of time the children are in each parent’s care

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