Current estimates show that about 70,000 Muslims now live in the state of Maryland. When it comes to divorce, many Muslims are accustomed to using a technique known as “triple talaq,” in which a husband can divorce his wife by simply repeating the word “talaq” (the Arabic word for divorce) three times to the wife. Although triple talaq is not even not mentioned in the Quran, the practice has existed for decades and it is not the only means of divorce possible under Islamic law.
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1. What made you become a lawyer?
I wanted to blend my economics background with international law by building a career in the field of international development and maybe get involved with an agency like USAID. While I sure am far from that path, I still find my work rewarding and I enjoy applying the qualitative thinking to issues like alimony, child support, taxes, and business valuations.
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The breakdown of a marriage can, in and of itself, be one of the most stressful times in one’s life. And if your immigration status is based on your marriage to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, a separation or divorce may introduce additional challenges and heighten your anxiety. Sadly, it is not uncommon for a U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse to even use their spouse’s immigration status as leverage in divorce, custody and child support matters.
This is Part II of a 2-part series on common issues and challenges military servicemembers and their spouses face during a divorce. Click here to read Part I on jurisdiction, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, and calculating military income for spousal or child support issues.
Will Military Retirement Pay be Divided, and if so, how?
One of the biggest issues you can encounter is the division of your or your spouse’s military retirement pay. The Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act (USFSPA) governs military retirement pay and provides the state courts the authority to divide a servicemember’s military retirement pay in a divorce.
Divorce, in and of itself, can be a difficult and complicated process. If you or your spouse is a member of the U.S. military, there are additional factors, considerations and challenges that come into play.
On July 24, Maryland Attorney General, Brian E. Frosh, issued an opinion that clarifies an important and relatively new aspect of family law: same-sex divorce. The opinion – which was hailed by such organizations as Equality Maryland, FreeState Legal Project and the Maryland State Bar Association – further defines the term “adultery” to refer to any extramarital affair, regardless of the sex of the individuals involved.
As the Attorney General Frosh said in his opinion:
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