Santo v. Santo & Joint Custody With Tie-Breaking Authority in Maryland
In a recent decision, Santo v. Santo (citation not yet available), published July 11, 2016, the Maryland Court of Appeals confirmed a trial judge’s authority to award one party tie-breaking authority, for legal custody, even when parents have an inability to communicate on major decisions affecting the health, education, welfare, religion of a minor child. What does this mean in your case?
What Is Considered Marital or Non-Marital Property in Maryland?
Clients regularly confuse what is considered “marital property” as opposed to “non-marital” property. Identifying marital versus non-marital property becomes even more difficult when non-marital property is commingled (or mixed) with marital property.
Is It Really Better To Have A Prenup?
A prenuptial agreement (“prenup”) provides a snapshot in time of the assets of the parties’ at the time the parties get married. And, like all contracts, codifying the arrangement can have both beneficial and harmful consequences. A prenup may establish division of assets, and support obligations (e.g. alimony) often without any consideration of what may transpire in the future. Conversely, a prenup may also set ground rules as to division of property acquired during the marriage in the event of divorce.
Joint Custody & Passports for Children
It is a difficult feat to obtain a passport for a minor under 16 if one parent, who has joint legal custody with the other, refuses to cooperate. So, when faced with this road block, what may a parent do?
Maryland Divorce and the House
One of the most commonly asked questions we get as Maryland Divorce Attorneys concerns the family home. Who gets the house in a Maryland divorce?