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Areas of Practice in Maryland

Retirement Division (QDROs)

Pensions and other retirement assets are often the most valuable items of marital property.  Most (but not all) retirement plans requires a Qualified Domestic Relations Order to transfer retirement assets from a plan participant to former spouse.  This is a regulation-driven and highly technical area of the law, and precise language must be included in the QDRO to transfer funds according to an agreement or judgment.

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QDRO Services for Attorneys

If a retirement asset is part of the marital property in your case, I can offer a cost-efficient solution which allows you to maintain case management and control.

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Other Post Judgment Matters

  • Modifications of Custody or Child Support: Change is a part of life, but that doesn’t mean change is easy, especially if a Court Order is involved.  If you agreed to a custody arrangement, child support or alimony award, or if the Court ordered it, you may be able to change the terms depending on your circumstance.
  • Contempt Issues: It may be impossible for you to comply with a Court Order.  On the other hand, your former spouse may just be refusing to do so without any reason at all.   Depending on the circumstance, you may be able to negotiate a change.  Alternatively, after a hearing, the Court may find your former spouse in contempt and require payback and compliance.
  • Estate Planning: Once you begin the divorce process, you’ll need to reconsider your will. You’ll want to reconsider your beneficiaries as well as your choice of personal representative.  If you’re planning to remarry, a prenuptial agreement may help lay the groundwork for your estate plan.

Divorce

Most family law cases begin with divorce.  You may need to address the custody of your children, child support, alimony and marital property.  Often, it is possible to reach an agreement to resolves these issues rather than engaging in expensive litigation.

Step Parent Adoptions

If your child’s other biological parent has not been involved in your child’s life for a long time, it may be in your child’s best interest to be adopted by your new spouse.  This is a complex and emotional decision, and there are many pros and cons to consider.

Mediation

Whether court-ordered or chosen by the parties, mediation is a facilitated discussion between you and your spouse aimed at an amicable, collaborative development of an agreement.  It is often the first step parties take toward an uncontested divorce.

Family Law Appeals

Sometimes the Court applies the law incorrectly, or abuses its discretion when assessing the evidence presented at trial.  If you believe this happened, you may wish to appeal to a higher court.  There are strict deadlines, however, so if you are considering an appeal, you should act quickly.

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