The Marital Property Act grants the authority to Maryland Courts to equitably distribute property when an absolute divorce or an annulment is granted. Monetary awards are permitted by the Marital Property Act as a tool to achieve an equitable division of marital property. The legislative history of the act indicates that one of the purposes of the act was to protect spouses that made non-monetary contributions to the marriage. The Maryland marital property divorce lawyers at RGPH has guided hundreds of clients through the process of developing and presenting the evidence that a Maryland Court needs to resolve property disputes in divorces.
The Marital Property Act requires the Court to identify marital property, assess the value of the marital property and then the Court may make a monetary award. It is the responsibility of the divorce lawyers to identify marital property. The Courts will consider the monetary and non-monetary contributions of the parties and the interests of any minor children when issuing any monetary awards. The Maryland divorce lawyers at RGPH have helped clients identify the factors and evidence that are likely to favorably influence a judicial division of marital property in a divorce.
The first question most clients ask a Maryland divorce lawyer is "What is Marital Property?". Marital property is all property that was acquired by the parties during the course of the marriage. Even if marital property was purchased entirely from the income of one spouse it will not be distributed solely on this basis. Additionally, title to a marital asset is not determinative as to whether or not the asset is marital property. Non-monetary contributions to the marriage are considered in any distribution of marital property. Maryland law also requires that certain property like the marital home and personal property used by the family should not be distributed in a manner that will cause unnecessary disruption to the family. Use of the family home is often tied to the schools that children attend. The use of marital property may, in part, be influenced by child custody decisions. The Maryland family law lawyers at RGPH handle all aspects of divorce cases and marital disputes that are likely to impact the distribution of marital property.
Many Maryland divorce cases follow the filing of a protective order where domestic violence is alleged. A protective order hearing may result in one spouse having sole use of the marital home. The Maryland family law and domestic violence lawyers at RGPH recognize the impact that testimony in a temporary protective order may have on the long term use of the family home. A protective order may result in young children being cared for at the family home by one spouse. Maryland Courts seek to minimize the disruption of a divorce on children. It is important to have a skilled family law lawyer that can guide you through every process of a divorce and domestic dispute to protect your interests and right to use marital property.
The Maryland divorce lawyers at Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott, LLC offers consultations at the Prince George's County office in Bowie, Maryland. To schedule a consultation with the family law lawyers from Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott, LLC please call 301-383-1525.
Please call the divorce lawyers at Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott, LLC at 301-383-1525 to schedule a consultation at the Prince George's County offices in Bowie, Maryland. RGPH's lawyers handle Maryland Property act matters in Prince George's, Anne Arundel, Howard, Montgomery, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's Counties.