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Introduction To Help With Maryland Divorce Forms

Introduction to help with Maryland Divorce Forms Online

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In order to understand the role these forms play, I think it is really helpful to get a general overview.  Before we focus on how to fill out each form, I think it helps to know the context.

First, the really big picture:  All divorce, child custody, visitation, child support and contempt actions are civil actions.  You are probably aware of civil actions where people sue each other for money, car repairs, injuries etc.

That might seem counter-intuitive but the system is the system. Therefore, with a few procedural twists, the rules of evidence, the rules of procedure and the legal standards in domestic cases are the same as they are in other civil actions.

In divorce, or any civil actions, citizens of Maryland are entitled to due process.  That means your spouse (or whomever you sue) has the following rights: 1st) The right to know what papers you filed.  2nd) The right to have copies of those papers you filed. 3rd) The right to respond to the papers you filed.  4th) The right to be notified of any hearings in the case and to participate in them.

When we review the forms, we will see that on each form there is a place to sign and show that you sent a copy of what you filed to the other side.  If the form does not have a place for you to sign showing you sent a copy the form to the other side, don’t panic.  There will be some accompanying document you file that serves as proof you delivered or mailed  papers to the other side.

Generally speaking, the court clerks will not accept a filing without that notice or certification.  Don’t rely on that.  It is not their job.  If you fail to follow this step in the procedure, bad things can happen.

The clerk’s office may return the documents to you.  The clerks office and the court might take no action on what you filed.  You may go to court and have the judge tell you that he/she cannot take action.  None of the foregoing possibilities are good, and some can cost you months, not to mention possible attorney’s fees or other penalties in favor of the other side.

The Maryland Divorce Lawyer inside tip:  The service line is the first thing you check!

Tim Conlon, Esquire for The Custody Place

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Adultery Is a Crime in Frederick Maryland

Adultery is a Crime Committed When a Married Person Has Sexual Intercouse With a Person Who is Not His/Her Spouse.

There is potential criminal prosecution and/or criminal penalties surrounding adultery in many states. These criminal penalties, and the statutes that surround them, range in both the definition of adultery and the potential penalty for the crime. In Maryland and Virginia the offense of adultery is still a crime but in The District of Columbia repealed the criminal penalty of adultery in 2003. Many other states have “decriminalized” adultery. I find that term “decriminalized” to be tongue in cheek because virtually no one was prosecuted in the first place.

In Maryland adultery is defined as a married person having sex with someone who is not his/her spouse. It is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $10. In states such as Maryland where adultery is a “crime” it works a bittersweet effect upon the perpetrator. Irrespective of the reality that virtually no one is prosecuted for the crime, it remains a crime none the less. A person who is believed to have committed adultery may therefore “plead the 5th”. (I don’t think that was contemplated by our founding fathers.)

This often makes for a ridiculous game of cat and mouse where the cheater invokes his/her 5th Amendment right to be free from self incrimination and not required to answer. A few thousand dollars later, that trick is eventually trumped but not until the offending spouse has ruled out any doubt in the judge’s mind that he/she is morally, as well as financially, bankrupt.

I have handled 17 years worth of divorce cases yet rarely has my client needed to show “through the peephole” type evidence in the face of a cheater’s claim of innocence. The truth is that a contested divorce takes months even years. At some point, the cheater just “comes clean” to get the divorce over and done with. Even more common, the parties having been separated by the turmoil just get a divorce based on separation. Sometimes getting a divorce is the only thing they can agree upon.

 

Timothy Conlon, Esquire for The Custody Place.

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Adultery in Frederick Maryland, A Brief History – Sin, Crime Or Both –

Adultery Has Been Historically Defined As a Sin, A Crime Or Both

 

The famous “Kinsey Study on Sexuality” compiled evidence between 1938-1963 sampling over five thousand couples. The Study concluded that 50% of all men and 26%of all women had extramarital sexual encounters. I don’t think those numbers are going down anytime soon.  In spite of those statistics, virtually all religions and cultures threaten punishment, excommunication and even death.The Sixth of the Ten Commandments for Christians and Jews expressly names adultery and puts it right up there with killing.

The majority of religions of the world all forbid adultery with varying definitions and punishments.  Nevertheless, the secular reasoning behind the offense of adultery was not to protect the chastity of a married woman. It is widely held that the offending character of adultery was that it corrupted the purity of a husband’s “line” hence the term adultery from the term “adulterate”(v): to corrupt or spoil.

The first reported punishment for adultery was in 324 B.C. and, in an ironic twist, the offending prince was sentenced to sodomy. In 18 BC Roman Emperor Augustus intended to elevate the moral order of Rome in the eyes of the people. He therefore enacted Lex Julia de Maritandis Omnibus. Fathers were permitted to kill offending daughters and likewise husbands could kill offending wives.

In modern American culture many view the Christian Right as unwavering in opposition to what they view as aberrant sexual behavior. It is therefore ironic that the Christian Roman Emperor Constantine repealed the adultery codes of Augustus as cruel.

In Islamic Shariah Law a married person guilty of adultery is subject to death by stoning and an unmarried person is subject to 100 lashes. In case you were concerned that death by stoning was too easy on the offending spouse, the law describes the specific size of the rocks to be used lest they be too small to do real damage, or too large lest they render the victim unconscious and abbreviate his mortal suffering.

With respect to the treatment of any unmarried “home wreckers” nations, religions and cultures part ways.  Some punish only the married person and others extend punishment to the unmarried offender. The Chinese Legal Code (Republic of China) as of 11/30/11 says adultery is a crime punishable by not more than one year in jail and the married and the unmarried persons are both subject to punishment.

Adultery is a criminal offense in the US military.  The Uniform Code of Military Justice forbids adultery under the “general Article” regarding misconduct. If an unmarried soldier is involved he/she can also be subject to penalty. In India, as of August 2003, only the man who commits the adultery may be prosecuted.  However, before you cheer for their tolerance,  you should know it is because a woman is held to be something less culpable almost like a child might be.

Finally in Maryland it is a crime only for the married participant.

 

Timothy Conlon, Esquire for The Custody Place.

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Mediation is Required in Frederick, Maryland Divorce Cases

Mediation is a requirement for any contested custody or divorce case in Frederick, Maryland.

Divorce Mediation is also the best possible way to resolve custody and divorce cases

In Frederick, Maryland mediation is a necessary step to completing a contested divorce or custody case. At a point early in the case, the parties will receive a court order which identifies a mediator whom they should contact to satisfy their mediation requirement . The judge will not grant you court time until you have: a) engaged in a mediation and b) can identify when and with whom you did the mediation.

The mediator must be “qualified” for the court to deem the mediation requirement satisfied. While most qualified mediators are lawyers, a “qualified” mediator does not have to be a lawyer. It is easy to find out if a mediator is “qualified” with the court in the jurisdiction where you have your case.

Many people have attempted to resolve their differences before they even file with the court. When that is the case, sometimes the court will accept that as satisfaction of the mediation requirement. If the court does not accept your previous mediation or orders you to participate in mediation, you will receive an order as described above.

In some cases, the order will include the expense of the mediator and even the date and time of the initial mediation session. If one or both of the parties is under a severe economic burden, he or she may apply to the court for a waiver of the fee. The court has the authority to waive the fee if parties use the court mediator and sometimes the court will even pay a private mediator or order a private mediator to waive the fee.

You should have a lawyer when you open your case. If you are the defendant you should get a lawyer as soon as you get served with the custody or divorce case. Either way your lawyer can advise you if using the court’s reduced fee “in-house” mediator is in your best interest. If not, your lawyer may recommend at “private” mediator (usually an experienced divorce or custody lawyer.) Some courts will permit any qualified mediator to handle the case. Other courts will specify that the mediator must be a lawyer for all or part of the mediation.

A mediator may handle the discussion as a comprehensive matter. Sometimes you may wish to use the mediation on an “al la carte” basis for example handling one part of the divorce, like child support. In such a case, you may ask the court to decide on a different issue such as property division like the adjustment of retirement plans.

At the time of this article the expense of mediation is $50 per hour for “in-house” mediation and up to $200 for private mediation. In house mediation takes place on the lower level of the Frederick Courthouse and private mediations customarily take place at the mediator’s office. Two sessions are scheduled of not less than two hours each. Many people look to mediation with guarded optimism. Some look to it as an opportunity to resolve a few outstanding issues. Some look at it as just a speed bump.

Mediation as with anything, it is sometimes what you make of it but it is a requirement you must fulfill. If you view it from the point of view that you want to do the minimum to get through you need to 1) attend, you need to 2) pay and you need to 3) exercise good faith. The problem: “good faith” is like “good breath” everybody thinks they have it and thinks that the other guy does not. The general idea is to be engaged or at least look engaged in the process.

 

Timothy Conlon, Esquire for The Custody Place.

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Divorce Mediation, What It Is and What It’s Not

Mediation: Alternative Dispute Resolution In Frederick, Maryland

 

Mediation is not marriage counseling or a “lets get back together” meeting. Mediation is a “how do we get the divorce” and/or “who gets the kids”, kind of a meeting.

A custody mediation is a meeting or meetings guided by a professional (usually a lawyer) where a parent speaks or negotiates with the other parent. The objective is to attempt joint decisions pertaining to the outstanding issues of contention between them. Usually issues which are related to the children.

A divorce mediation is a meeting guided by a professional where the spouse speaks or negotiates with the other spouse.The objective is to settle upon joint decisions pertaining to the outstanding issues of contention between them which are related to the dissolution of the marriage.

Divorce Mediation has changed a great deal in recent years

As described in a preceding article, mediation is a requirement in all divorce and custody cases in Frederick, Maryland. That is a relatively new requirement. The subject continues to change quickly, with different policies and practices in each different court. Changes of late have included:

1) The credentials necessary for a person to be a qualified mediator
2) The expense (cost) of a mediator
3) The agencies who provide or offer mediation
4) The “requirement” of mediation which litigants need to satisfy
5) The “local rules” regarding mediation

One should also know that mediation was previously the only “alternative to litigation.” Now there are several ways for parties to obtain solutions to their disagreements outside of the courtroom. “Mediation” is just one way.

The public is often confused by the name and mission of the other various “alternatives to litigation.” Add to this confusion the proliferation of agencies, administrators, and professionals, all created by the court with the goal to avoid having a judge make all the decisions in your case. Others have been created to humanize the court process and avoid unnecessary damage to the parties and their children. These other litigation alternatives, professionals and administrators include:

1) The Family Law Coordinator
2) The Custody Evaluator
3) The Parent Coordinator
4) The Best Interest Attorney (a kind of child’s attorney)
5) The Guardian Ad Litem (also a kind of child’s attorney)
6) The usual assortment of Therapists for a) the children, b) the parents or both.
7) The Lawyers, the Judges, the Clerks, the Bailiffs and other government personnel

As you can see, it is not unusual for a case to involve a host of persons and resources. When you hear “resources” think “money.” With that being said, the court is making more and more of these resources available for no charge or low charge. Contact your lawyer or the family law coordinator in your jurisdiction.

 

Timothy Conlon, Esquire for The Custody Place.

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Adultery: Grounds For An Immediate Divorce In Frederick Maryland

What You Need In Frederick Maryland To Prove A Case Of Adultery:

 

Grounds for Divorce Based Upon Adultery Are the Only Statutory Grounds in Maryland that Entitle a Spouse to an Immediate Divorce Without any Waiting Period.

 

I can count on one hand the number of adultery cases I have handled where the television style proof of adultery was presented or even available.  The truth is, it’s just not usually necessary.  The truth is that people don’t usually care. In Frederick Maryland divorce and custody cases things rarely get that exciting.

Most Maryland divorce cases, which proceed from an act of adultery straight through a  Judgment of Divorce, commonly involve nothing more than a mere suspicion of adultery .  Sure, sometimes there is direct evidence left by the cheating spouse.  But, in the vast majority of cases, at some point, the cheater just “comes clean”  to get the divorce over and done with.

The legal standard to prove adultery, in Frederick or elsewhere in Maryland, does not require juicy and theatrical direct evidence such as pictures through the peephole.  The Maryland appellate courts (that is the high courts that set the rules for the family law courts) acknowledge that the act of adultery is “clandestine by nature”.  For that reason, the vast majority of successful adultery claims are proven solely with  evidence of  a) disposition and b) opportunity.

When the cheater does not acknowledge the adultery, these elements are the only evidence required.

Disposition: means you have evidence that the cheating spouse and the person with whom you suspect the adultery have a “disposition” toward affection.  An example would be someone who saw them, hugging, holding hands, dirty dancing etc.

The second element to prove an adultery in Maryland is “opportunity” for them to act upon that disposition toward affection.  An example would be spending time alone in the same hotel room, closet, pup-tent or anywhere else that two consenting adults might engage in what is described by the latin: en flagranti delecto.

So, you don’t need to spend a small fortune on private investigators or spend countless hours torturing yourself by following your spouse around, reading your spouse’s email, texts, cell phone records etc. all just to determine whom she/he is sleeping with.  Sadly, most people will do that anyway for personal reasons but beware the pitfalls.

When you try to collect evidence respecting adultery you unwittingly create an environment where your cheating spouse may be able to prove you are following them, spying on them, stalking them etc.  In my experience, spending time and effort trying to create a case for adultery is far more likely to expose you to a trumped up restraining order than it is  to be of any benefit to your case.

After all these years as a Frederick Maryland divorce and custody lawyer I have come to firmly believe in the following adage:

“If you think your spouse is chaste, you may be right.  If you think your spouse is cheating, you are definitely  right.”

 

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Marriage Counseling Will Not Guarantee Fidelity

Both Men And Women Ask “What About Marriage Counseling?”

 

As a custody and divorce lawyer in Frederick, it never ceases to amaze  me that when I give a presentation, a class or a seminar on divorce and custody, it always comes down to questions and answers.

I get asked the following questions.

Men always ask: “ Doesn’t the mother always get custody? ”

Women always ask: “Why do most marriages fail?”

Both ask: “What about marriage counseling?

Note well that the “reasons” for divorce is a question of the human heart, a journey nearly impossible to define.  In contrast, the “grounds” for the eventual divorce is merely a question of law, more like a road map. See What Entitles You To Grounds For  Divorce in Frederick Md.

I can tell you as a Frederick divorce and custody lawyer that everything I comment upon is a clear pattern.  These are of course just MY observations, not a study or a survey.  That being said, seventeen (17) years as a lawyer handling between sixty five (65) to one hundred (100) divorce and custody cases per year?  That’s a significant sample.  You may find my answers  are matter of fact and unambiguous.  They are.

This is what I have seen for what I estimate is four thousand (4,000) days in divorce and custody court.  Furthermore, these patterns are consistent with the patterns that other Frederick divorce and custody lawyers have seen making it of many more thousands of days in divorce court.  What I do not claim to know is; what do these answers really mean?

“Why do most marriages fail?” The unambiguous answer is: Adultery

There is not even a  close second.  Psychology experts report the same answer.  While we have to face the fact that this is the most common “reason” for divorce, it’s not the most common “grounds” for divorce.  Mutual and voluntary separation for over one year is the most common grounds divorces are awarded upon.

“What about marriage counseling?”  This question goes hand in hand (forgive the pun) with the above. Marriage rarely survives an adultery of any length.  To my knowledge, it has never survived an adultery in the marital home.  As a Frederick divorce and custody lawyer I observe that It tends to work like this:  One or both spouses have an affair and then there is a period of kicking, screaming and finger pointing.  Following that, most people just go ahead and just get divorced by agreement.  They both eventually want it.  So, the most common “grounds” for a divorce is granted is based upon the parties being separated for over a year.

The most common “grounds” for a divorce based on a “mutual”  and “voluntary” separation.   The “Mutual and Voluntary Separation” standard can be usually be met even if that separation became “mutual” and “voluntary” the day of the divorce.  Most of the time if there is an aggrieved party they get used to the idea of being divorced or reach the conclusion “I’m better off without (him/her).”

Adultery is so commonly at the heart of a divorce, that Frederick Maryland custody and divorce lawyers just presume somebody in the picture had or is having an affair.  The signs are different with some variation on the themes: “my spouse works late…my spouse travels alot for work…my spouse is spending more time out with friends…my spouse spends alot of time on the computer…”  That being said ,I could not possibly spell out all of the adultery signs I have seen over the years.

 

Nor, have I found a “smoking gun” sign that proves an adultery the each and every time.  What I can say is that: intuition is always right.  You can count on it like gravity.  A mantra spoken to me by a senior divorce lawyer many years ago was:  “if you think your spouse is faithful, you may be right.”  “If you think your spouse is cheating, you are always right.

Each year I find this mantra to be more, and more, and more true.

At the end of the day, it’s a chicken or the egg question.  Did the adultery occur and lead to demise of the marriage, or did in the demise of the marriage lead to the adultery?  Someday, when I am sitting on a beach, I may consider how the causal relationship plays out.  I may even investigate whether what I have seen as a Frederick custody and divorce lawyer is reflective of the whole state or even the whole country. For now, I merely offer the above observations.

 

 

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Marriage Licences And Annulments in Frederick Maryland

Even if you are married without a license on a fling marriage, it does not entitle you to an annulment

 

In Frederick Maryland, happy couples who are seeking to tie the knot must first obtain a marriage license from the county clerk in the county where they seek to be married.  That much is clear and Frederick divorce and custody lawyers will direct you to the Maryland family law code at section 2-401 if there was any doubt.

But what happens if you don’t?  What happens if you wake up after a night at Cactus Flats face down in a bowl of salted peanuts, with a beer tab on your left hand ring finger and a handful of Polaroid wedding pictures in your right hand?

Well to start with, you and your betrothed are both guilty of a misdemeanor and will pay a fine of $100.00.  Whoever performed the ceremony is guilty of a misdemeanor and a fine not to exceed $500.00.  Are you legally married?  No but, you are illegally married.  Huh?

What I mean is that your marriage ceremony was not legal but it is a marriage in the eyes of the law none the less.  Your marriage is not void.  You are not eligible for an annulment and if you want to be unmarried you need a divorce the same as a couple who was married in front of the whole town with a license, a preacher and all the trimmings.

It’s similar to the calls that Frederick custody and divorce lawyers get from people who have only been married months, weeks, days or hours.

Those people still have to get a standard divorce, and so does anybody married without a license.

by Tim Conlon Esquire

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But, “If wedding bells rings and there is no one to hear them…do they chime?” That seems the easiest solution.

 

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Custody Issues Part 2 (Why do marriages fail?)

Observations on Custody Issues Part 2 (Why do marriages fail?)

As a custody and divorce lawyer in Frederick, it never ceases to amaze me that when I give a presentation, a class or a seminar on divorce and custody, it always comes down to questions and answers. I get asked the following questions time after time. Men always ask “doesn’t the mother always get custody?” Women always ask “why do most marriages fail?”

I can tell you as a Frederick divorce and custody lawyer that everything I comment upon is a clear pattern. These are of course just MY observations, not a study or a survey. That being said, seventeen (17) years as a lawyer handling between sixty five (65) to one hundred (100) divorce and custody cases per year? That’s a significant sample. You may find my answers are matter of fact and unambiguous. They are. This is what I have seen for what I estimate is four thousand (4,000) days in divorce and custody court. Furthermore, these patterns are consistent with the patterns other Frederick divorce and custody lawyers have seen. What I do not claim to know is; what do the answers really mean?

“Why do most marriages fail?” That also begs an unambiguous answer: Adultery. Not even a close second. While we have to face the fact that this is the most common reason for divorce, it’s not the most common grounds for divorce. Mutual and voluntary separation for over one year is the most common grounds divorces are awarded upon. Huh?

As a Frederick divorce and custody lawyer i observe that It tends to work like this: after a period of kicking and screaming most people get divorced by agreement. They both eventually want it. So, the most common reason a divorce is granted is based upon the parties being separated for over a year.

Commonly, a divorce based on a “mutual” and “voluntary” separation usually only became “mutual” or “voluntary” after the aggrieved party got used to the idea of being divorced or reached the conclusion “I’m better off without (him/her).” Adultery is so commonly at the heart of a divorce, that frederick custody and divorce lawyers just presume somebody in the picture had or is having an affair.

The signs are different with some variation on the themes: “my spouse works late…my spouse travels alot for work…my spouse is spending more time out with friends…my spouse spends alot of time on the computer.” That being said ,I could not possibly spell out all of the signs I have seen over the years.

Nor, have I found a smoking gun that proves an adultery the majority of the time. What I can say is that intuition is always right. You can count on it like gravity. A mantra spoken to me by a senior divorce lawyer many years ago was: “if you think your spouse is faithful, you may be right.” “If you think your spouse is cheating, you are always right.” Each year I find this mantra to be more, and more, and more true.

At the end of the day, it’s a chicken or the egg question. Did the adultery occur and lead to distance in the marriage, or did distance in the marriage lead to the adultery? Someday, when I am sitting on a beach, I may consider how the causal relationship plays out. I may investigate whether what I have seen as a Frederick custody and divorce lawyer is reflective of the whole state or even the whole country. I may also find I have better things to think about. For the moment, I only offer these observations.

Timothy Conlon, Esq.  The Custody Place.

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Abucted Children | On The Run With Your Child?

On The Run With Your Child in Frederick Maryland?

80% of all abducted children were abducted by a parent or other family member

As a custody lawyer in Frederick County Maryland, I have often experienced this phenomenon.

When Good Parents Turn Bad

Some are of those involved are bad people.

People who are angry.

People so angry that they would spite the ex by attempting to eliminate him or her from the child’s life. Some are keeping the child to conceal evidence of a crime such as abuse or neglect. Some are mentally ill and/or addicted to drugs or alcohol that clouds there judgment.

Many are well intentioned parents but are simply unable work out their problems any other way.

Fleeing With Your Child Can Cause Real Problems

These things don’t happen in a vacuum. A parent who does not have a custody lawyer may be frustrated by the system. Frustrated by his or her inability to show the court that they are a superior parent.

Frustrated by the inability to demonstrate what is in the child(ren’s) best interest or by an inability to satisfy the legal standard of proof. I have heard a Frederick County custody lawyer tell his client that “the truth in a courtroom is what you can prove, not what you know to be true.

Faced without hope; a parent may flee. Now what?

Like so many other problems running away does not help. A parent who remains in the home state of the child can obtain an order or judgment in-abstencia. Custody lawyers call that “ex-parte” which is Latin for “without the other side.”

Claire on her bike

After the abandoned parent obtains such an order the parent who has fled the home state will have real problems.

Maybe even criminal problems arising from violation of the Federal Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act. Then the custody court may cast a very jaundiced eye at the parent who fled. This is not an enviable position.

As a custody attorney in Frederick, I have seen with my own eyes a parent who fled the state to protect her children from an abuser only be required to return the child to him because of her poor choice to flee.

All of the foregoing is not intended to mean that you cannot take your child (or children) out of state.

You can do so unless there is an order or agreement to the contrary, but…. Any Frederick County custody lawyer will tell you: First, try to obtain an agreement before you move. If you are moving only one or two hours away or less it may have no impact on your arrangement. 

You may have to eat the travel time for awhile but as long as the other parent gets the same times, there is usually a “no harm, no foul” situation.

Easter 2010 with my kids in Frederick Md

If you move so far away that airfare is required, you will have to modify your old agreement significantly.

You may want to have the school year with parent A and summer and other school breaks to parent B.

Second, if you can’t agree file…file…file.

In almost all civil actions who is the plaintiff and who is the defendant is immaterial. In my experience, moves that require a modification of the custody/visitation schedule are an exception. Filing first tells the court that you know the right thing to do and you are willing to do it!

Family Law in Frederick Maryland

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