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…

Ruling on a house
17 Aug 2016

The Dangers of Reverse Mortgages & How to Protect Your Elderly Loved Ones

(Columbia, MD) After retiring, many people take out reverse mortgages in order to use the equity in their homes to provide additional income to live on in retirement. While a seemingly simple and straightforward concept, the decision to take out a reverse mortgage can have catastrophic consequences if not handled properly.     What is a Reverse…

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…