Making Divorce Simpler: Maryland’s New Divorce Law Explained

Starting October 1, 2023, some significant changes are coming to how people can get divorced in Maryland. If you want to get a divorce in Maryland currently, you need to give a reason, or in legal terms, “have grounds.”  Some grounds blame one person for the divorce,...

New Probate Fee Schedule Goes Into Effect October 1, 2022

Maryland has made it cheaper to administer small estates proceedings by increasing the probate fee for regular estate proceedings. In an effort to alleviate the disproportionate financial burden on small estates the Maryland General Assembly passed House Bill...

Why some angry couples prolong divorces

In our years as divorce attorneys, we encounter our share of angry couples. While the reasons may be as diverse as the couples themselves, there are certain dynamics that we see with every warring couple. These idiosyncrasies sometimes work to keep the couple...

Who Gets to Claim the Children as Tax Deductions?

The Federal Government is contemplating a bill releasing stimulus checks for individuals who fall below a certain amount of Adjusted Gross Income for tax year 2019, if they filed already, or for tax year 2018, if they have not yet filed their 2019 tax returns. Of...

Sorting through property division complications in Maryland

There are only nine states in the nation govern property issues in divorce under community property laws. Maryland is not one of them. In this state (as the majority of others) property division is determined by equitable distribution guidelines, meaning the court...

What types of payments qualify as alimony for tax purposes?

If you’re getting a divorce involving alimony, it’s important to understand the tax consequences. It may seem like a small thing, considering the wide variety of critical issues you’re facing in divorce, but it’s not. Whether you’re paying or receiving, alimony can...