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liquidated damages in a divorce

Divorce negotiations can feel like Whack-A-Mole. There are so many issues. And they are interconnected so if you change one the others change. For example, if alimony goes up, child support goes down. One tool I have in my divorce toolbox is liquidated damages. That means reducing disputes to a dollar amount. A Typical Scenario […]

It is not a compliment to say a lawyer has a “sharp practice.” It does not mean that he is the sharpest pencil in the drawer or that he is well-dressed. I first heard that term when I clerked for the public defender during my final year of law school. I asked the public defender […]

You don't have to have contempt for the other in a divorce

As I watch the President refusing to shake the Speaker’s hand, and the Speaker tearing up the President’s State of the Union address, they remind me of my divorce clients who have nothing but contempt for their soon-to-be-ex’s. When I was in the army, there was a saying. Respect the uniform even if you don’t […]

The dog ate my homework.

“The court discourages requests to postpone court events.”  — Family Law Manual, Circuit Court for Howard County, Maryland   It is the policy for the court to provide timely justice for the citizens of Maryland, so getting a postponement in your divorce case is not easy. All requests for postponements have to be by motion, in […]

A move about divorce law

If you are getting divorced or thinking about divorce, you must see the Netflix movie, “Marriage Story”.  My son saw it and asked if divorce law was really like the movie. So I decided to watch it. Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver fall in love, get married and have a son together. Inevitably, different agendas […]

You are never angry for the reason you think you are. So when someone is upset or angry with you, don’t take it personally.

My son was still smarting this morning from the lecture he got from his mom for playing computer games last night.  I told him that his mom is not angry at him and she just wants the best for him.  So he should not let it get to him. Then I told him some stories […]

The Divorce Lawyer Answer Desk: Should I Tell My Wife About My Affair?

“I had an affair with a woman I work with a few years ago,” said the prospective divorce client in Attorney Hamilton Starke’s office.  “I think I should tell my wife about it.” “No, no, no!’ exclaimed Starkes.  “Look, your guilt is making you want to confess.  But the more you explain, the more problems […]

Proper Way to Divide Bank Accounts in a Maryland Divorce

Here is an interesting case we argued in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals about dividing bank accounts in a divorce. The parties had two savings accounts at the time of their Maryland divorce, worth $86,075.66 and $23,228.33. The accounts were in the husband’s name. Since they were acquired during the marriage, they were marital […]