Maryland Law Blog

New Ground for Divorce in Maryland: Divorce by Mutual Consent

November 19, 2015

Effective October 1, 2015, Maryland Family Law has a new ground for divorce called “divorce by mutual consent.” This is great news for many couples who arrived at the decision to divorce together and would rather not wait to meet the 12-month separation requirement. However, this new ground for divorce is not for everyone and […]

An Average Timeline for Divorce in Maryland

October 15, 2015

You’ve probably heard from your friends or relatives about divorces that drag on for years. Maybe your previous divorce was one of those dreadful experiences. But it doesn’t have to be! At Alan L. Billian, P.A., our Owings Mills family law attorneys have simplified and “de-stressed” divorces for numerous couples, and we can help you […]

Is a Prenuptial Agreement Right for You?

September 18, 2015

A prenuptial agreement may seem like a formality for some couples, but for others it may be a subject of numerous discussions. Do we really need a prenuptial agreement? We are so happy now, should we be planning for the worst case scenario? As Owings Mills family law attorneys, we deal with prenuptial agreements frequently […]

Understanding Sole and Shared Physical Child Custody

August 18, 2015

Child custody can be extremely confusing, no matter if you are new to it or have prior experience. There is legal and physical custody, but each one of them can also be sole, joint or split. Are you confused yet? To help you untangle this mess and understand custody better, our Owings Mills custody lawyers […]

Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce in Maryland

July 28, 2015

In Maryland, as in most states, a divorce can be contested or uncontested. We’ve touched on this topic before when we talked about mediation, litigation, four-way meetings and collaborative law, but let’s explore it in more detail. As Maryland divorce lawyers, we get approached quite frequently by clients who are looking for an uncontested divorce […]

4 Divorce Options: Mediation, Litigation, Four-Way Meetings and Collaborative Law

June 16, 2015

Divorce is a far more complex legal matter than most people think. And until you are personally involved in one, you have no idea about how it works and what options you have. Our Maryland divorce attorneys have guided hundreds of clients through divorce, and some of them didn’t realize at the beginning that going […]

5 Qualities of a Good Divorce Lawyer

May 19, 2015

There is certainly no lack of lawyers in Maryland or in US, for that matter. But a law school diploma alone is no guarantee that you will get the top-notch legal advice you are expecting. This is especially true for divorce attorneys, because the area of family law requires a different approach than, let’s say, […]

5 Tips for a Smooth and Stress-Free Divorce

April 20, 2015

Divorce is never a pleasant experience. It is liberating at the end, but the whole process that takes you there can be painful if you are approaching it the wrong way. At Alan L. Billian, P.A., we believe in separating happily—we even wrote a book about it. Our Owings Mills divorce attorneys are happy to […]

7 Grounds for Divorce in Maryland

March 28, 2015

If you are seriously considering ending your marriage, then you probably have a good reason that led you to this decision. In legal terms, this reason (or reasons) is your grounds for divorce. You or your spouse will need to prove these grounds in court in order for the judge to grant you divorce. Keep […]

5 Considerations in Adopting Your Stepchild

March 3, 2015

There are many “blended” families these days—families that bring together adults with their kids from different relationships. Many stepparents in such families feel satisfied with their role as a parental figure and put the legal adoption on the back burner. Just like with marriage, it’s only a piece of paper, right? Unfortunately, just like with marriage, […]

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