The Non-Lawyers Guide to Divorce in Maryland

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9781553691464: The Non-Lawyers Guide to Divorce in Maryland

With this book you can:

* Learn what your basic rights are under all areas of family law in Maryland

* Learn the grounds for divorce and annulment in Maryland

* Learn how the court decides custody and visitation

* Learn how to compute your own child support rights and obligations under the Maryland child support guidelines

* Learn how the court decides alimony issues

* Learn how Maryland's marital property law may affect your rights to property owned by you, your spouse, or both of you, including rights to business assets and pensions

* Learn what your rights are under court orders from other states and other countries

* Learn how to use the non lawyers (Pro Se) forms to file your own case for divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, and for modifications of child custody, child support, and alimony

* Learn how to get the court to enforce the court orders that you already have using contempt of court and other forms of judgements

* Learn when you REALLY should get a lawyer.

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About the Author:

Bernard A. Raum is an attorney who has been involved in the Domestic Relations and Divorce area for over nineteen years in Maryland.

He received his Juris Doctor in 1970 from the University of Baltimore School of Law. He has been a member of the Howard County Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association, and is a past chairman of the Section of Family and Juvenile Law of the Maryland State bar Association. He is a consultant to the Rules Committee of the Maryland Court of Appeals in the area of family law. He has been a frequent lecturer in the area of family law for the Maryland Institute for the Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers (M. I. C. P. E. L. ), the state bar association's non-profit teaching organization.

Mr. Raum is also the author of MARYLAND DOMESTIC RELATIONS LAW, a professional legal text book on Maryland family law which has ben used throughout the state by lawyers and judges, and which was originally published by Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Company, later West Group.

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   Many people in the State of Maryland would like to know something about what happens legally when two persons are divorced in Maryland. There is no single place that people can look to for such general information. They could hire an attorney, however, paying an attorney for general, non-specific information does not appeal to many people nor is it cost efficient. On the other hand, going to the library is an answer, but where do you begin to look? What do you look for? How can you be sure that you have found everything you need to know? Besides, a law library can be a very unfriendly place. Because there is no other source of such quick, condensed information available, and because the public has a basic right to know such things since the most personal aspects of their lives are governed by these laws, I decided to write this book.

     The NON LAWYER'S GUIDE TO DIVORCE IN MARYLAND is designed to give a non-lawyer a basic idea of the rights, responsibilities and liabilities which arise under the current laws in Maryland governing divorce, alimony, child custody, visitation, marital property, domestic violence, and contempt and enforcement of court orders; but this book is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of an attorney for a specific case. Throughout this book I have referred to certain statutes and rules of court and I have sometimes quoted them (in fact, some of the more important ones are copied in the appendix at the back of this book); this is for the general background information of the reader. Where it applies, I will also sometimes refer to the fact that an area of the law, or an interpretation of the law, has come about as a result of decisions of the courts. I will not directly cite any court cases or specific decisions, however, because the interpretation of case law is often a very technical matter and is best left to a competent attorney who has a complete knowledge of the particular facts necessary to properly apply the law to a given situation (namely, your particular facts and your special situation if you have one). You should also remember that the law changes from time to time when the courts decide new cases. With this in mind, you might not wish to attempt to file and try your own divorce case based solely upon what is written in this book; rather, it is suggested that you get the advice and assistance of your own attorney, especially when the issues are very technical. This book can be used as a general guide to help you know what questions to ask, what personal information you may need, and what can be expected generally and can be used to assist you if you decide to "do it yourself". B. A. Raum, Ellicott City, Maryland 2001

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