On the heels of the Supreme Court striking down key parts of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), including holding that in states where it is legal for same-sex couples to marry, the government must extend same sex couples federal health and social security benefits, and extending tax benefits to same same-sex couples, Attorney General Eric Holder has announced that the Federal Government will extend married couples equal protection under the law.
Department of Justice’s Decision to Give Same-Sex Couples Equal Protection: What This Means for Spousal Support Under a Bankruptcy Proceeding
Dowries In the Modern Age: What Happens to an Islamic Mahr, Mehrieh, Mehr, or Dowry, During a Maryland Divorce: Part 1
A common question in many Maryland divorce cases involving clients of the Islamic faith is, what happens to my Islamic Mahr, Mehrieh, Mehr (a.k.a, dowry) during my Maryland divorce?
When parties divorce, there are always unforeseen circumstances that arise in the future. It’s not uncommon to experience substantial change in life events such as a change in career (particularly if you are in the military or work for a corporation that is prone to relocating personnel), or potential new spouse (even when your client “swears” he or she will never date again - don’t be surprised!), or other circumstances leading to a relocation.
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.
24 hour marriages and even quicker divorces - Hollywood is full of them. On June 29, 2012, Katie Holmes filed for divorce and by July 9, 2012, her and her famous ex had hammered out a divorce agreement settling all issues with regards to property, custody and support. A mere two weeks after filing divorce, both Katie and Tom were able to walk the next red carpet solo. So can your divorce be this easy? Well, yes . . . and no.
While divorce is not what most couples hope for, some couples find that it’s inevitable. That doesn’t mean that a knock-down drag-out fight is inevitable. Many couples opt for the “friendly divorce” also known as collaborative law or collaborative practice.
2013 ushered in many changes in the New Year, among them the legalizing of same-sex marriages in Maryland. Now, legally married same-sex couples in Maryland will receive the same benefits (and headaches) as their friends in heterosexual marriages, under the new Rev. Rule 2013-17.
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