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Carlos Lastra’s Legal Guides

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  • How to Secure a Protective Order in Maryland

    Filing for a Protective Order The first step is to proceed to your local District or Circuit Court to file a Petition for Protection Against Domestic Violence for yourself and/or on behalf of any Min

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  • Alimony Determinations in Maryland

    Alimony Must Be Requested / Court Must Consider 11-106(b) Factors Upon application for alimony, the Court sets upon a review of factors in determining the amount and length of an award. These factor

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  • Alimony Pendente Lite in Maryland

    Fault and/or Grounds for Divorce Fault for the break-up of the marriage has traditionally no bearing on alimony pendente lite. In fact, the spouse seeking pendente lite alimony need only allege a gr

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  • Alimony Modification, Extension and Termination in Maryland

    Modification of Alimony Amount Unless excluded expressly to Court modification, either party may petition the Court for an increase or decrease in the amount of an alimony award as circumstances and

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  • Family Law & Same-sex or Gay Marriage in Maryland

    It is probably inevitable that there will be a national consensus on gay marriage, Vice President, Joe Biden, told Meet the Press. In 2001, the Netherlands became the first country to permit same-sex marriage, followed by Belgium (2003), Spain (2005), Canada (2005), South A...

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  • Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA): Impact on Same-sex Marriage in Maryland & Washington, DC

    DOMAs Implications and Effects On September 21, 1996, President William Jefferson Clinton signed into law federal statutory provisions known as the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which requires the federal government to define marriage as a legal union between a man and woman.C...

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  • Alimony & Cohabitation in MD: What to do when the ex shacks up with someone new?

    Cohabitation In Maryland A question heard time and time again - asks why the payor of alimony should have to continue to support their former spouse when they are in a new relationship with all the benefits of marriage except the actual marriage.Maryland Code, Family Law Sectio...

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  • HIDING ASSETS IN A DIVORCE: You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide ; Or Can You?

    What Criminal Law Taught Me about Division of Assets in a Divorce Multiple Foreign Numbered Accounts, Offshore and Shell Corporations, Family Owned Businesses with Perishable Inventory, Multiple Holdings in Precious Metals and Other Commodities, Bearer Bonds, as well as Real and...

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