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Q: Have a pending divorce case, want to know what I need to do to submit an agreement .

What forms or amendments needed to be submitted.

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Mar 16, 2021

Separation and property settlement agreements are many pages long, full of numerous detailed legal provisions drafted to address a myriad of legal issues and rights that are implicated in a divorce. This is not a DIY agreement. If you do not use a lawyer, you will have no idea what possible... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Maryland on
Q: If granted sole physical and legal custody, what rights do I have? If the order has Contradictions.

I have a PL order that grants me sole legal and residential custody but the custodial time given to my spouse is very liberal. It also contradicts the fact that I am the one with sole legal custody. The order states that our daughter will participate in extracurricular activities and gives him the... Read more »

Timothy E. Howie
Timothy E. Howie answered on Mar 1, 2021

A pendente lite order is a temporary order that, generally, remains in effect until the actual trial. I suspect that you have an actual trial scheduled for June. If you feel that there is a sufficient reason for the court to reconsider the issue of custody after the pendente lite order but before... Read more »

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Q: If I strike my answer to will they continue with mediation? That’s what I really need to know.how should I proceed.

If I ask them to dismiss my answer will they continue with a hearing or I should just go with it. We are still living together and have a sexual relationship. I would want the court to dismiss his complaint of Adultery.

Timothy E. Howie
Timothy E. Howie answered on Feb 23, 2021

This question appears to be a follow up to a question earlier today. I really cannot answer your question without knowing the facts of your case. You should confer with a lawyer who can assess all of the facts of your case.

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Q: My husband filed for a divorce stating adultery. I was never served but learned of the divorce. So I filed and answer.

Can I withdrawal my answer and wait to be served or is it too late. I want to wait into I’m served to go forwArd what can I do?

Timothy E. Howie
Timothy E. Howie answered on Feb 23, 2021

Generally, when you file an answer even though you have not been served, you thereby subject yourself to the personal jurisdiction of the court, and the other party need not serve you. But, depending upon the circumstances, you may be able to ask the court to strike your answer.

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Q: My ex-husband & I divorced in 2015. He hasn't fulfilled orders outlined in the decree. Is there a statute of limitation?

He was ordered to sign a car over to me (title has both our names on it) and pay half the total of expenses I paid. I was ordered to refinance car to take him off title but couldn't due to age of car and credit. Contacted him in late 2015 and he refused to pay until I could have him sign off... Read more »

Timothy E. Howie
Timothy E. Howie answered on Feb 7, 2021

If your husband has failed to comply with an order of court, you may file with the court a petition for contempt, asking the court to hold him in contempt if he does not comply with the order.

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Q: My wife left me 6 years ago with no contact since. Is she entitled to half of my property still?

When she left she moved multiple states away. I’m currently trying to purchase my first home and the settlement date is with in a few weeks (not enough time for a divorce). I didn’t even think about this when looking for a home but would she be entitled to 50% of my new home ?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jan 19, 2021

Maryland is an equitable distribution state, meaning assets are subject to a judge's determination as to what an equitable split of assets should be. Your wife will have a claim against all assets acquired (fully or partially) during the marriage, including your new home. What the measure of... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Health Care Law for Maryland on
Q: I am disabled, going through a divorce. Is it possible to stay on my wife's health insurance after divorce?

I am currently separated and am looking for legal advice concerning my divorce. I am disabled, so my main concern is healthcare insurance. I am qualified for Medicare, but because I am only 52 the premiums for supplemental are extremely high. Because of my illness (Multiple Sclerosis) I see my... Read more »

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Jan 15, 2021

Unfortunately, you will not be able to stay on your spouse's insurance after an absolute divorce. However, you would be able to retain your insurance under a limited divorce. Hope that helps. Good luck!!

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Q: My husband and I married in Turkey . I want to divorce from him . He has properties back home . He doesn’t want to give

Me anything so if I divorce in USA am I able to get something from him ? House or money etc

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Dec 28, 2020

This is a complex issue. While you may be able to obtain a divorce here, dealing with overseas property is an entirely different matter. You will also face hurdles regarding jurisdiction depending on lots of facts you have not provided here. Even if a Maryland court takes jurisdiction and assessed... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Divorce and Child Custody for Maryland on
Q: Can you file a restraining order in different state if the defendant keeps moving from state to state?

There is a protective order against my wife from Maryland to not have any contact with our minor child. She ran to California with the child. Can I file for another restraining order in California since she live there physically now? Can I file for temporary emergency custody out of California... Read more »

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills answered on Dec 1, 2020

You should consult with a California attorney. But typically, under the full faith and credit clause of the US Constitution, CA law enforcement would recognize and protective order from Maryland. Consider contacting CA law enforcement as well where the wife resides currently.

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody for Maryland on
Q: I lost a case in Maryland District Court, how long do I have to file an appeal for De Novo hearing in circuit court?

I want to file for an appeal of civil case I lost in the District Court in Maryland. I would like to please know how many days do I have before filling for an appeal to get a De Novo hearing in the circuit court?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Nov 28, 2020

You have 30 days to file an appeal in a civil case to the Circuit Court. The only appeals that result in a de novo trial are small claims proceedings (claims filed requesting $5,000 or less in District Court), or petitions for peace orders, or domestic violence petitions. Civil claims seeking more... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody for Maryland on
Q: I lost a case in Maryland District Court, how long do I have to file an appeal for De Novo hearing in circuit court?

I want to file for an appeal of civil case I lost in the District Court in Maryland. I would like to please know how many days do I have before filling for an appeal to get a De Novo hearing in the circuit court?

Charles William Michaels
Charles William Michaels answered on Nov 28, 2020

A party has generally 30 days from the final judgment to appeal. If in the District Court the appeal goes to the Circuit Court.

2 Answers | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Divorce and Child Custody for Maryland on
Q: If the plaintiff lose a case to the defendant, can the plaintiff file an appeal to have defendant trial twice?

The plaintiff file false domestic violence restraining order case in the District Court and was found to lie. The defendant won the case. Can the plaintiff file an appeal to have the defendant trail twice for the same case?

Charles William Michaels
Charles William Michaels answered on Nov 28, 2020

Either party who is dissatisfied with the results in the trial court can appeal. If the case was in the District Court, the appeal goes to the Circuit Court.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Maryland on
Q: Which percentage of the extraordinary medical expenses do I pay since my child support order has recently changed?

I was paying 73% of the extraordinary medical expenses for my kids. On 2 November it was lowered by the court to 54%. My ex sent me a bill on 5 November for September and October medical expenses and said I owed 73% since that was what the percentage was in September and October before it was... Read more »

Elizabeth Pugliese
Elizabeth Pugliese answered on Nov 21, 2020

73%. Look at this way, do you want to be the parent who argues over needed medical treatment for the child and who pays it? If you wind up paying more than you think you "should" focus on the fact your child needed care.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Maryland on
Q: Is a marriage contract from France (which calls for separation of assets of spouses) enforceable in Maryland

If a couple (one from each nationality) married in France and then lived in the United States, would the French marriage contract (signed, notarized, no duress) be valid?

Elizabeth Pugliese
Elizabeth Pugliese answered on Nov 3, 2020

It could be. It does depend on the circumstances just like any other contract between two adults. If the assets are divided fairly and there was no duress it could be considered valid. But it would have be reviewed by a Maryland attorney and it could still be challenged and a judge would... Read more »

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Q: Legal rights wrt equitable division of real estate property?

Finalizing divorce. Ex is re-financing the house in her name to get mine off of it. Current agreement is that she will give me 1/2 of the current equity of the house minus 10% of the value of the house to cover closing costs and other charges

when she sells it years from now. Do I have the... Read more »

Elizabeth Pugliese
Elizabeth Pugliese answered on Oct 10, 2020

One she pays you your share at the time of the divorce, you have no further rights to the home. The refinance removes you from the mortgage and the title. It is hers. If she sells in the future, she gets 100% of the equity. You are only entitled to what you built up together. Once you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law, Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for Maryland on
Q: Divorced in Maryland; former wife refusing visitation. Making statements that I am not their parent now.

We have a court signed Settlement Agreement granting "joint legal custody." The order outlines that I have unlimited access and visitation rights to our children. However, the former wife routinely states that "you are not their parent, I am." When I press visitation issues,... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Sep 17, 2020

File a motion to enforce court order/settlement agreement, and for contempt. Ask further for a set schedule of visitation, or to modify custody to make you the primary custodian since she is not allowing access.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Support for Maryland on
Q: how can I get my driver's license renewal suspended by child support
Elizabeth Pugliese
Elizabeth Pugliese answered on Sep 15, 2020

I presume you are asking how to get your driver's license back after being suspended by child support enforcement. The easiest way is to make a payment on the child support owed. Pay the child support and continue to make payments to keep your license from being suspended again. If you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Maryland on
Q: Im 22 (m) and my mom wants to divorce my step-father. Is there any legal way to have him stay as my step-father?

He has helped me through high school and college now and has been very beneficial to my life. Now my mom is deciding to divorce and I'm about to lose my step-father, but I don't want to. I love my step-father a lot.

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Sep 1, 2020

You are old enough to have a relationship with your step-dad without any court involvement. You are also old enough to make a decision as to whether you want to reside with him--it is no one else's decision but yours.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Maryland on
Q: If a married couple separate and break their lease can they split the balance?
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Aug 25, 2020

Yes, that is always a good idea. That way one person does not feel as if he/she is carrying the responsibility of the debt. Make sure to get a receipt or confirmation of payment. Please keep in mind that if both of your names are on the lease, you are both jointly liable for the balance. So, if one... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Civil Litigation for Maryland on
Q: Can my spouse place tresspassing notice on my girlfriend that he allowed me to have? We are both on the lease!
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Aug 18, 2020

It sounds like you and your spouse are in a polyamorous relationship and has agreed to allow a third party to have access to the both of you and your home. Under those circumstances, your spouse can always revoke his consent. Given that you and your spouse have equal rights to occupy the home, it... Read more »

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