Joseph Greenwald & Laake, PA Blog - Family Law

Posted on Fri, 2014-06-20 17:04 by in Family Law, Maryland Law

“A HOUSE DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF CANNOT STAND”


– Abraham Lincoln, Republican State Convention (June 16, 1858), quoting Mark 3:25


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Have you heard the one about the couple that split the house after their divorce? She got the inside, he got the outside. Or the story of this couple from Cambodia who cut their house in half after the wife refused to leave?


Posted on Fri, 2014-06-13 15:00 by Morgan Lavan in Family Law, Maryland Law

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In March of 2014, the Court of Appeals considered whether an adult sibling seeking visitation rights with her minor siblings, contrary to their parents’ wishes, should be held to the same standard as third parties seeking visitation.[i] The factual circumstances of In re: Victoria C. presented a ripe opportunity for the Court of Appeals of Maryland to produce a more forgiving standard that recognized the importance of familial relationships other than parent-child. The Court of Appeals, however, declined to take that route.


Posted on Fri, 2014-05-30 14:04 by Reza Golesorkhi in Family Law, Maryland Law

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In my previous post I talked about the Islamic concept of Mehr, Mehrieh or Dowry.  This post will discuss how Maryland Courts may address the issue of Mehr or Mehrieh when an Iranian family, married in Iran, and now living in Maryland, files for divorce in Maryland.


Posted on Wed, 2014-05-14 23:25 by JGL Associate Attorney in Civil Procedure, Family Law

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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.


Posted on Fri, 2014-03-14 13:22 by Darin L. Rumer in Family Law, Maryland Law


When two parties divorce (or seek custody of children), often one or both of the parties will seek child support and/or alimony. Sometimes one of the parties has been unemployed (particularly with a stay at home mother) or under-employed. But now, you will have two households, two sets of entirely separate living expenses, and additional costs – based on the salary and incomes you had while living together.


Posted on Fri, 2014-03-07 20:03 by in Family Law, Maryland Law


You have your custody order, but it’s been a few years and circumstances have changed. You want to modify the Order, so now what?


Posted on Fri, 2014-02-14 18:40 by in Bankruptcy, Family Law, Federal Law


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.


Posted on Fri, 2014-01-24 17:09 by Reza Golesorkhi in Family Law, Maryland Law


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?


Posted on Fri, 2013-12-20 23:28 by Darin L. Rumer in Civil Litigation, Family Law


 


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.


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