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Maryland family law: Is an inheritance shared property?

In Maryland or elsewhere, it is not uncommon for one or both spouses to receive some sort of inheritance during the course of a marriage or even before the union is made official. If a couple chooses to divorce, either party may believe that the funds or property granted in an inheritance are subject to division. This, however, is not necessarily the case. Under the right circumstances and with the assistance of a family law attorney, this type of asset may be kept separate.

Maryland family law: Seek asset protection before remarriage

Numerous individuals in Maryland and elsewhere consider remarriage later in life after going through divorces or after their spouses have passed away. In fact, an estimated four in 10 new marriages are believed to involve remarriages for one or both parties. While entering a new marital relationship is certainly an exciting step to take, it is okay to take a minute and think about how to protect oneself, one's children and any assets one has before walking down the aisle. This is something that can be done with the assistance of an experienced family law attorney.

Maryland family law: Social Security and divorce

For divorcing couples in Maryland and elsewhere, addressing current and future finances is a big part of the dissolution process. After all, no one wants to be left in a bad economic situation when all is said and done, especially those who are nearing retirement years. One's family law attorney and other specialists can help in obtaining monetary settlements that are the best for everyone involved.

Maryland family law: How property is divided matters

When seeking a divorce, it is common for numerous couples to simply want an even split of property. This is something that they may deem as fair; however, when it comes to Maryland family law, how property is divided does matter. Indeed, it can affect other aspects of a divorce settlement, simply meaning that by accepting certain terms, one spouse may find that he or she is giving up other things that could be beneficial after a divorce is finalized.

Domestic violence is a family law matter

In Maryland and across the country, far too many people -- men, women and children -- are subjected to violence and abuse in their homes. This is something no one should have to encounter, but those who do can, often with assistance, break free from the abuse. For those who are married to their abusers, family law attorneys can assist with filing for orders of protection, legal separation or divorce -- among providing various other services.

Maryland family law: Solving divorce matters requires experience

No matter how much hope for the future a couple starts out with at the beginning of their marriage, life happens and that couple may decide changes are necessary. For some in Maryland and elsewhere, that may result in the dissolution of their marriage. Others, though, may wish to pursue divorce alternatives. As every couple and situation is different, family law experience is important when solving such matters.

Understanding Maryland family law may benefit step-parents

Maryland readers may be interested to know that 40 percent of all children in the United States have step-parents. While some blended families manage to live harmoniously together, some are faced with many stumbling blocks related to the rights of step-parents. Knowing your rights as a step-parent under Maryland family law may be beneficial.

How is marital property affected by prenuptial agreements?

A couple might want to avoid financial ambiguities by agreeing on certain terms before their marriage. Contract law can provide a solution. In Maryland, state law allows couples to enter into a special contract called a prenuptial agreement before their marriage. If the couple later divorces, such an agreement may help simplify the process, especially regarding matters of property division.

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