Tom is correct. As long as you are a party to the case, you can interact directly with your wife and her attorney. If you were an attorney and not a litigant then you would be barred by the code of professional responsibility from interacting the the other parties client.
If you were married in Inda then "The Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 " applies to your situation. Provided that you complied with the statute, you would not need to register in the United States. I have handled several of these cases. Even where there was a certificate one of the parties contended they never completed the 7 steps and the walk of fire. However, this rarely occurs and you should get a copy of the certificate if not in your possession.
Maryland is an equitable distribution state. This mean the Court can award you a monetary award based on the value of the business. You will need to hire a business valuation expert to determine value. Your attorney will know what to do and who to hire. Speak to an attorney for specific advice.
You can begin entering a separation at anytime, even while living under the same roof. A separation agreement is a contract between you and your spouse to dissolve the marriage and agree to the splitting of debt and assets or any other formula you choose. Many of the terms can become effective on signing. There is a case in Maryland called Ricketts vs Ricketts where you can stay in the same home and still file for divorce, however the standards to do this are more difficult then just having one...
If you do not have money you can contact the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau for legal assistance. Depending on the income of your spouse, you maybe entitled to both spousal support and child support. You should not agree to any financial settlement until you have spoken to an attorney. In addition, once your children have remained in Florida for 180 days, Maryland loses jurisdiction over the children and the custody issues would be in Florida.
The Court looks at several factors including, age, length of marriage, health of the parties, need vs ability to pay to name a few. The fact he got layed off only means that the Court may not grant temporary support. However, by the time trial comes around he may have another high paying job. Speak with a lawyer for further help.
Vance wrote a very detailed explanation. To simplify, if you have not condoned your wife's adultery you can file immediately. From your narrative it appears you have not condoned what her conduct. The bigger issue is the children. The mere fact that she has an ongoing affair does not mean the Court will find her an unfit mother for custody. I know this may sound foreign to you as a layperson. Finally, the caption "How long do I have to be a resident of MD before filing for divorce?" If the...
This matter would go before the Landlord Tenant Court in the District Court of Maryland where the property is located. You must given him a 30 day notice to quit ( in simple english, a letter to get out.) and then file a Landlord Tenant Action in the District Court. Provided that there is no other case pending that would prevent you from filing, this is your best method.
You have multiple issues in your question. The Court may look at the text as being negotiations and not admissible or the Court can weigh the evidence that can include text messages as to her intent on property distribution. More troubling is the signing of your name and liquidating her pension. You really need to be talking to an attorney.