The true cost of a custody battle

28 Sep 2016

The True Cost of a Custody Battle

There is probably not a more important, or emotionally-charged, issue in separation and divorce than that of child custody. Custody involves not only the amount of time that each parent gets to spend with his or her children; it also encompasses the right to make major, life-shaping decisions for the children. Certainly, this is not…

Understanding the pros and cons of divorce mediation

31 Aug 2016

Pros and Cons of Divorce Mediation

Divorce vs. Mediation – And the Winner is… If you are seeking information regarding the pros and cons of divorce mediation in Maryland, chances are that you’re hoping to end your marriage as quickly and inexpensively as possible.   While most people understand the role that a divorce lawyer plays in the divorce process, many…

Are Social Security Benefits Divided in a Divorce?

10 Aug 2016

Are Social Security Benefits Divided in Maryland Divorce Cases?

Under Maryland law, retirement plans are considered marital property while Social Security benefits are considered non-contractual benefits and thus non-marital property. Previously, Social Security benefits could not be distributed or assigned in a divorce proceeding but could be utilized to pay child support and alimony. In Jackson v. Sollie, a trial judge of the Circuit…

Underage Drinking & Host Liability

27 Jul 2016

Landmark Case: Underage Drinking & Social Host Liability

Permitting Underage Drinking Just Became More Costly For the last two decades in Maryland, it has been considered a crime for adults to allow underage drinking in their homes. But, in the past, the Court of Appeals has been reluctant to hold third parties (such as bar owners) legally accountable for intoxicated people’s actions. However, on July 5th, the highest…