In the state of Maryland, what does “limited divorce” mean?
What is Maryland’s residency requirement for filing for divorce?
Maryland’s residency requirement for filing for divorce is 6 months. Put simply: either you or your spouse must be a Maryland resident for at least 6 months prior to 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 new immediate grounds for divorce of “mutual consent” for couples who do not have minor children provided the parties sign a settlement agreement resolving all support and property issues and both parties appear at the divorce hearing.
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, as well as the payment of creditors and transference of property to the beneficiaries named in her or his will. The state of Maryland assess 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. There are numerous exemptions, however, so it is best to consult an experienced estate planning attorney for more information.
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