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Based on a case argued by Harry Siegel and Lindsay Stanton of SIEGELLAW, the Maryland Court of Appeals will now require trial judges to consider divorcing parties' social security benefits as a factor before determining monetary awards. This forever changes how all Maryland family law attorneys, mediators, and judges approach dividing assets upon divorce.
What Does This Mean for Those Getting Divorced In Maryland?
On July 19, 2016, the Maryland Court of Appeals issued a highly anticipated Opinion, requiring trial judges to consider divorcing parties' actual or anticipated social security benefits as a FL 8-205(b) factor before determining whether to grant a monetary award to adjust the equities and rights of the parties in their marital property.
Going through a divorce includes a huge emotional component. Often, litigants forget that they need to cast aside their anger, fear and other emotions, and get down to the business of learning their finances to prepare for their financial future.
Almost every woman I represent tells me she feels that the Courts bend over backwards to help the man during their litigation. Men can refuse to disclose financial information, they can spend all of the marital money during the separation and they can not financially support their family, yet their appear to be no consequences.
As more and more Courts become more and more stingy about awarding alimony-and some states are working towards limiting or eliminating alimony altogether-people often ask me how alimony is going to be calculated in their case.
If you're considering or are in the process of divorce, and you're just shy of your 10th wedding anniversary, you might want to wait a bit and use the time to brush up on all things Social Security before you make the break official.
On April 1, 2016, I had the opportunity to moderate a state-wide seminar on How Family law Judges Want Attorneys To Try High Conflict Custody Cases. The panel included a family law magistrate, a district court judge, two circuit court judges, a judge from the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, as well as a mental health and an ethics professional.