Keith R Havens’s Answers

Keith R Havens

Rockville Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

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  1. If profit from a real estate sale is less than $250,000 does it have to be filed on federal and Maryland state tax returns?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Keith R Havens
    2. Henry Daniel Lively
    3. Curtis Lamar Harrington Jr
    3 lawyer answers

    Regardless of whether the sale is exempt from sale, you still need to file a return. The return may reflect that there is no taxable gain; however, the return needs to be filed. You should consult with a qualified CPA.

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  2. I'm filing for divorce. I cannot find out my husband's address. What can I do?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Keith R Havens
    2. Rahul Kishore
    3. David Neil Reinherz
    3 lawyer answers

    Ordinarily, you need to effectuate personal service of the summons and complaint upon your husband. Assuming that you know where he is, this can be complicated in cases where the other party is in another country. If the country in which he is located is a member of the Geneva Convention, then that treaty will control the method of service. In a case such as this, you would want to obtain service through alternative means (i.e. publication or posting). To do so, you need to show the...

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  3. My husband and I are separated. We had sexual relations since the papers were signed. Does this void our separation agreement?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Keith R Havens
    2. Mark William Oakley
    2 lawyer answers

    I agree with Mr. Oakley, with one caveat. If the agreement states that a reconcilliation would negate or void the agreement, then an argument could be made that your having had sexual relations voided the agreement. Certainly more facts, both as to the specifics of the agreement and what transpired between the two of you would be needed to give a more full answer.

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  4. How can I get my husband to sign our separation agreement (no mutual kids)? (MD)

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Keith R Havens
    2. Robert Ricci
    2 lawyer answers

    If you husband will not sign the separation agreement and you satisfy the requirements for an absolute divorce, then you should file a complaint for absolute divorce. The court will decide the property issues and grant you a divorce. Of course, if you husband decides to sign the agreement before the court resolves the issues then the matter can be concluded earlier.

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  5. Extortion in Maryland divorce case

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Keith R Havens
    2. Paula Jeanette Mcgill
    3. Alice Elaine dansker Doyle
    4. James Thomas Kinder
    4 lawyer answers

    Your mother's lawyer should immediately go to court to freeze the IRA funds and any other funds/accounts that your father may be able to liquidate.

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  6. Do I need my lawyer to file for divorce for me?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Keith R Havens
    2. John Michael Phillips
    3. Peggy Margaret Raddatz
    3 lawyer answers

    Anyone can take action in court on their own. However, it is often best to have the assistance of a lawyer. If you and your husband have resolved all of the issues between you and you have lived separate and apart for one year, without cohabitation and without engaging in marital relations during that year, then you can file a complaint for absolute divorce. The court has available templates for the necessary complaint and answer. If your husband is in agreement, you and he can file the...

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  7. In Maryland Can I go the court and file an answer to a divorce complaint without being served first? Want to speed the process!

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Keith R Havens
    2. Jason Alan Ostendorf
    3. Stuart H Grozbean
    3 lawyer answers

    You can certainly go to the court and file an answer to the complaint without having been served. This will bring the matter at issue and the court will, most likely, schedule a scheduling hearing. You may also wish to file a counter-complaint. I strongly recommend that you speak with a lawyer before taking any actions.

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  8. How can I extend the deadline to respond to Interrogatories?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Keith R Havens
    2. Mark L Rosenberg
    2 lawyer answers

    If you have not issued discovery, more than likely you will need to answer the interrogatories before the responses to your discovery requests are due. To extend the deadline, you can contact the attorney for the defendant and ask if he or she will agree to extend the deadline. If they agree then you will have additional time. If the attorney does not agree then you can file a motion to extend the deadline. You will need to provide the court with a valid reason for your request. If the...

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  9. How long does a child custody case take in Maryland? Is it a short process if the father is in a federal prison?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Keith R Havens
    2. Michael Gene DeHaven
    3. Neil William Tyra
    3 lawyer answers

    Mr. DeHaven's answer is correct. In adding to that answer, in Montgomery County (which is where I assume you live based upon your listing your location as Potomac), you can expect to receive a custody hearing within five (5) to six (6) months. Further, if the father does not file an answer within the required time period after he is served, this time period can be shortened even further. I would recommend that you file your custody action before the father is released and serve him while he...

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  10. Are commencement dates of any importance and can we break our lease?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Keith R Havens
    2. Emilie M Fairbanks
    3. Rixon Charles Rafter III
    3 lawyer answers

    Based upon the facts that you have presented, there may be a claim that the landlord fraudulently enduced you to enter into the lease. However, more facts would be needed before an opinion could be rendered. If that is the case, then you are entitled to have a court nullify the lease. Unfortunately, there is a risk with this as the court may side with the landlord and you would be liable for the remainder of the lease term. There is another argument available as there is case law that...

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