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  • Questions involving domestic violence.

    My husband has a criminal case for domestic violence pending. I have removed myself from our home and residing separately with my sister. I earn very less compared to him. But because I had better plans he was on my medical, cell phone plans. But ...

    Stuart’s Answer

    It is unclear whether you have a 2nd decree assault or a straight domestic violence petition pending. You need to hire an attorney who can act as a go between with your husband or his attorney. The Court can grant family maintenance in a DV case. There are too many issues and factors that you need to discuss with a family law attorney.

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  • "Do I need to file for divorce?"

    My spouse and I are Indian. We were married at a religious ceremony in India (and have a signed certificate from the priest) but we have not yet registered our marriage in court. As a means to separation, would we still need to file for divorce or...

    Stuart’s Answer

    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.

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  • Home is in foreclosure in an absolute divorce decree it states the kids and I are to reside in the home until further notice of

    the courts however upon filing for modifications to alimony and child support had a clerk come and tell me that the judge never signed the master's recommendations. What can I do? About to be homeless with no where to go.

    Stuart’s Answer

    Maryland has one of the longest foreclosure times in the country. If the note is in your name, you maybe able to file Bankruptcy to stay the action. Your lawyer can also demand to verify the lender has the original note. Many loans are sold several times over. The person you send the checks to may only be a loan precessing company and the note is no where to be found. There is a little known federal statute called the "Lincoln Law" requiring the keeping of loan documents, virtually forever.

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  • I am filing for divorce after 18 years of marriage. He has been abusive and a serial adulterer. He is a pastor of a church

    His latest girlfriend did me a great harm. She was a member of the church and put so much pressure on him to marry her. He gave her a promissory ring. I got to know her identity through a text message exchanged. He even assaulted me in church to m...

    Stuart’s Answer

    I have been in cases involving clergy and adulterous affairs. You can subpoena her to testify and produce documents relevant to the issues. You cannot name her as a co-defendant. Maryland does not recognize "heart balm" cases.

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  • I AM LEAVING MY HUSBAND AFTER 24 YEARS OF MARRIAGE DUE TO IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES. I AM NOT THINKING OF DIVORCE AT THIS TIME

    SHOULD I SEE A LAWYER ABOUT THIS JUST IN CASE I DECIDE TO FILE FOR DIVORCE IN THE FUTURE?

    Stuart’s Answer

    The fact you are leaving your husband, but not thinking about divorce at this time simply equates to someone who is not happy after 24 years. After you separate he may decide to divorce you and without seeing a lawyer first could leave you in a position where your assets are not protected. It never hurts to talk to a lawyers. This is why I offer a free consultation. Then you can have better understanding of your rights and future risk.

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  • DO I PAY SUPPORT TO A SPOUSE WHO LEFT AFTER JUST 8 MONTHS OF MARRIAGE, WHO IS CLAIMING REIMBURSEMENT FOR HIS EXPENSES/LOSS

    My husband and I were married April 1, 2011, for just under 8 months. My spouse had come from CA and sold his personal possessions and resigned from his job to come to MD and marry me. He was receiving social security and helping with household e...

    Stuart’s Answer

    There are too many open questions to give a qualified answer. The main questions the Court will look at are need, ability to pay, length of the marriage, reason for the breakup, age of the parties, health of the parties to name a few. You really need to speak to a lawyer, if you do not already have one.

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  • Legal term for a divorce when a spouse cheats and you want to sue the second party for disrupting your income for your home.

    How can you sue your spouse and the second party for the decrease in your income in the home.

    Stuart’s Answer

    The term is called alienation of affection and referred to Heart Balm Acts where you could bring an action against someone who disrupted your marriage. These laws have been off the books for years.

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  • DO I have only 6 months to file divorce based off adultery in Maryland?

    My wife had sexual intercourse (which she admitted on email) 1 months after we separated. Is it maryland law that if I want to file this way, do I need to do so within 6 months of learning of the sexual encounter? I was told by a friend this fili...

    Stuart’s Answer

    Provided you have not slept with your wife since learning of the adultery, you may file immediately for an absolute divorce. The information provided by your friend is not the law.

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  • Marital House

    My ex filed divorce and we made separation agreement but in separation agreement my ex-attorney refused to resolve marital house issue. Now we have court date for ADR. Currently my ex is living in marital house but not making any mortgage payment ...

    Stuart’s Answer

    Provided there are no minor children that could affect use and possession, there are many remedies. However, to have ADR you must have causes of actions pending before the Court. Most ADR attorneys are experienced and will give helpful suggestions to resolve your remaining disputes. There are several legal cases that can give you credit for the mortgage, however the terms of the Agreement control. It is also unclear if you are doing this with another attorney or my yourself. You should have an attorney.

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  • Does adultery automatically warrant alimony

    bot parties are currently and have been during the entire marriage and live a low/middle class lifestyle

    Stuart’s Answer

    Alimony is not a penalty because of fault. You need to look at several factors then include need and the ability to pay.

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