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Blogs by Eleanor A. Hunt
Prenuptial agreements are an important vehicle for protecting and preserving wealth and assets acquired prior to and during marriage, as well as for pre-determining what assets and payments you and your soon-to-be-spouse will be entitled to upon the unfortunate occasion of a divorce. However, not all prenuptial agreements are worth the paper their printed on. When a party to a divorce requests that a Maryland Circuit Court determine the validity of their prenuptial agreement, the courts do not always uphold these agreements as valid. The reasons they are deemed invalid range from overrea
Facebook® has been hailed by many as the best online social networking service, enabling its users to connect with each other, and instantly exchange messages, post photos and receive and post status updates, with relative ease. However, in the past few years, numerous studies have been conducted showing a correlation between social media and divorce. Presuming that these studies are accurate, your Facebook page—along with Tumblr®, Twitter®, Instagram®, and countless other social media sites— could be one of the most powerful forms of evidence to be used against you during your divorce case. Indeed, the evidentiary effects of social media have been discussed on the JGL Blog. But note, as your Facebook account can be discovery in litigation, do not delete your Facebook or other social media pages prior to consulting with an attorney! Doing so could result in sanctions for destroying evidence.
Eleanor Hunt, senior counsel at the Firm, recently discussed wills, trusts, and related estate-planning topics on “Your Future Your Finances,” a television show that aired in Montgomery County, Md., on MMC Channel 16.
Hunt, who represents clients in the areas of family law and estate planning, told the show’s moderator, Brian Kuhn, that a basic estate plan for most individuals consists of three documents – a will, a financial power of attorney, and an advance medical directive.
Hunt noted that although these documents are very important for people to have, a surprisingly large number of people fail to have them prepared. She pointed to the recent passing of Prince, who died without a will, as an example of a celebrity who did not take care of these key matters.
It Ain’t Over Until the QDRO Has Been Approved: The Process for Distributing Retirement and Pension Funds Post-Divorce
Once a divorce matter has been filed and the Court sets a trial date, most clients mistakenly mark their calendar with the belief that upon conclusion of the trial, every aspect of their divorce case will be over. However, if the client or their spouse has retirement or pension accounts that constitute marital property and are ordered to be distributed from one party to another (in full or in part), then there will most likely be several post-trial steps associated with the distribution that must occur before the case can be officially considered concluded.
So You Think You Have a Slam Dunk Custody Case? How Adultery and Pornography Impact the Court’s Decision
As a family law practitioner, there have been numerous occasions when a client or potential new client contacts me and says that they think they have an easy case – that they “have this one in the bag.” However, slam dunk cases are hard to come by.
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