In the state of Maryland, what does “limited divorce” mean?
In the state of Maryland, “limited divorce” is more or less synonymous with legal separation. In other words, once a “limited divorce” has been finalized, the couple is still legally married.
What is Maryland’s residency requirement for filing for divorce?
Maryland’s residency requirement for filing for divorce is 6 months. Simply put: either you or your spouse must be a Maryland resident for at least 6 months before filing for divorce.
What are the grounds for filing for a “limited divorce” in Maryland?
In Maryland, the grounds for filing for a “limited divorce” include cruelty, desertion, and/or separation.
What are the grounds for filing for an “absolute divorce” in Maryland?
In Maryland, the grounds for filing for an “absolute divorce” include adultery; desertion for a year or longer; a criminal conviction carrying a sentence of three years or longer; insanity and/or institutionalization; a separation spanning 12 consecutive months; and/or the immediate grounds for divorce (even if you are living in the same house) of “mutual consent” for couples provided the parties sign a settlement agreement resolving all support and property issues.
What does “legal custody” mean in the state of Maryland?
In the state of Maryland, “legal custody” refers to the right of a parent to make long-term plans and decisions regarding their child’s education, religious upbringing, medical care, and various other matters relevant to her or his welfare.
What does “physical custody” mean in the state of Maryland?
In the state of Maryland, “physical custody” refers to the parent with whom the children physically reside the majority of the time (if primary) but can also be joint (shared time up to 50:50).
What constitutes a “small estate” in Maryland?
In Maryland, a “small estate” is one whose assets are valued at less than $50,000 — or $100,000 or less if the decedent’s spouse is the only surviving beneficiary.
What is probate, and will my heirs have to pay a probate tax?
Probate is the organization of a decedent’s assets and the payment of creditors and transference of property to the beneficiaries named in her or his will. The state of Maryland assesses probate taxes on a sliding scale. For example, if the estate is valued between $0 and $10,000, the probate tax will be $50.
Will my heirs have to pay a Maryland inheritance tax?
Not necessarily. Maryland’s inheritance tax does not apply to a decedent’s spouse, child, parent, grandparent, or sibling. However, there are numerous exemptions, so it is best to consult an experienced estate planning attorney for more information.
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