Joseph Greenwald & Laake, PA Blog - Family Law

Posted on Tue, 2018-09-18 14:21 by JGL Associate Attorney in Family Law

Understandably, negotiating child custody can be one of the most difficult parts of a couple’s divorce or separation, as in most cases, both parents would like to remain an important part of the lives of their children. Oftentimes, parents going through a divorce or separation will use a mediation process to assist them with arising issues, including child custody. It is important that parents prepare for child custody mediation in order to negotiate the best possible outcome for themselves, and most importantly, for their children.

Posted on Thu, 2018-08-02 14:17 by Eleanor A. Hunt in Family Law

If you want to get “hitched” in the District of Columbia, you don’t have to obtain a marriage license or exchange vows during a religious or civil ceremony in order to do so!

Posted on Thu, 2018-07-26 10:48 by Eleanor A. Hunt in Family Law

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

Posted on Tue, 2018-03-20 15:06 by David Bulitt in

While personal lives and professional business relationships may appear to be very different, they actually can share very similar qualities and principles.   In fact, many aspects of a successful business mirror those found in a successful personal relationship. It can be a worthwhile exercise to apply some well-heeled practices to one’s personal relationship in order for it to reach its fullest potential. Here are a few business practices that can be converted and used to enhance one’s personal relationship:

Posted on Thu, 2018-02-22 13:53 by David Bulitt in

While divorce can be a painful process for all children, those who experience Attention Deficit Disorder (“ADD”) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (“ADHD”) may have an even more complicated and difficult time adapting to the inevitable change that comes with his or her parents divorcing. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the disorders are marked by patterns of inattention and impulsivity that can interfere with functioning and/or development.

Posted on Mon, 2018-02-12 15:54 by Jeffrey N. Greenblatt in

There has been a significant increase in the amount of gray divorces, or the divorce of couples after the age of 50, and a new tax law signed at the end of 2017 has the potential to affect them. 

Posted on Fri, 2018-01-05 14:26 by David Bulitt in Divorce

I have been a divorce lawyer for more than 30 years. Over that period, I have represented many parents with special needs children.  Maryland judges have also appointed me, on well over a hundred occasions, to represent children as a Best Interests Attorney. Many of those children have also had special needs.  These cases can be extremely difficult matters to litigate, particularly when the children experience mental health issues, learning disabilities or behavioral difficulties. The symptomology of these often cannot easily be seen, explained or understood.

Posted on Fri, 2017-12-08 11:55 by Reza Golesorkhi in

This may seem like a fairly obscure legal question, but questions along these lines have become fairly common. As divorces between working couples become more prevalent, so do the concerns of not just dividing marital assets, but also funds for retirement and what qualifies as income.


As a general rule, you can contribute to a regular IRA or a Roth IRA, if you have qualifying income.  So what counts as qualifying income?


There are three categories of qualifying income:

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