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James J Gross

Chevy Chase Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

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  1. Am I Entitled to Half of His Company?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Mark Kotlarsky
    2. James J Gross
    2 lawyer answers

    Marital property is determined on the date of divorce in Maryland,not the date of separation, although the judge can consider that property was acquired after separation, among other factors, in determining a marital award. If the case goes to trial, the judge cannot transfer half the company. The judge will have to determine the value of the company and add that value to the husband's side of the ledger. When all the property has been identified and valued, the judge can make a marital...

  2. In Md, if me and my spouse has been separated for almost a year, am i still obligated to pay her new debt?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. James J Gross
    1 lawyer answer

    You are only obligated to pay debt that you signed for. For example, if she is using your credit card, you are both liable for the charges. If she is using her own credit card, you are not liable.

  3. Can I file for a legal separation from my wife without her full agreement on the financial terms ?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. James J Gross
    1 lawyer answer

    You can file for a limited divorce (called a legal separation in some jurisdictions) in Maryland without an agreement. But that may not be what you need. You might be better off going to a mediator or seeing a lawyer to attempt to work out a Separation Agreement with your wife. If you cannot settle, one year mutual and voluntary separation is grounds for an absolute (final) divorce.

  4. Legal representation by sibling in seperation agreement / divorce procedures

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. James J Gross
    1 lawyer answer

    There is no law against a lawyer representing a relative. It is up to you to bring the line of credit to the judge's attention. However, the lawyer cannot also be a witness at trial to matters in dispute.

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