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Family Law

Foreign Same-Sex Marriages May Be Granted Divorce MD

In a decision issued on May 18, 2012 (Port v. Cowan), Maryland’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, held that Maryland courts must grant a divorce to two people of the same sex who were validly married in another jurisdiction and who otherwise meet the criteria for divorce under Maryland law. Since many states still fail to recognize out-of-jurisdiction same-sex marriages, it will be interesting to see if Maryland (at least temporarily) becomes a legal haven for same-sex couples seeking a divorce.

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Family Law

How To Find A Family Law Attorney

Suppose you are considering filing for divorce. Perhaps you have a custody, visitation or child support issue that needs to be resolved. Maybe you want a prenuptial agreement or a post-nuptial agreement prepared. Or let’s say you have some other family-related issue that requires the knowledge and experience of a good family law attorney. Where do you even begin?

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Family Law

New Guidelines Affect Child Support Payments

During the 2009-10 Legislative Session, the Maryland General Assembly enacted a new version of the Maryland Child Support Guidelines that became effective October 1, 2010. The old guidelines had not been updated since their initial enactment in 1989. In general, the mathematical formula underlying the new guidelines tends to produce increased child support awards as compared to the old ones. As a result, it is more important than ever for practitioners and the courts to look at alternative methods (such as a child-needs approach) to calculate child support obligations.

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