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What factors do courts consider when deciding an alimony dispute?

There are certain factors that will increase the likelihood of one spouse needing to pay alimony in a particular divorce. These factors are important to consider, whether you are the potential recipient or payer of alimony. Estimating the likelihood of alimony in your case will help you arrive at an out of court settlement rather than needing to litigate the matter in court.

Here are several factors that courts consider when making a decision about alimony:

Will changing my hearing date keep me from paying a ticket?

A common criminal defense tactic when it comes to traffic tickets is to simply change the hearing date. The reason that this can work is that when a police officer issues a lot of tickets and drivers decide to challenge those tickets, the officer typically schedules the hearings back-to-back during a specific block of time on a specific day of the week. If the accused driver reschedules the hearing date, it might not be possible for the officer to make it to trial and you may get your infraction dismissed.

This tactic of rescheduling your traffic ticket hearing date doesn't always work. Although it may work in some cases, it definitely will not work in all cases.

Does parental divorce make your own divorce more likely?

Did your parents get divorced when you were young? Are you now wondering if you will follow in their footsteps in your own marriage?

You may. Studies have found that children whose parents split up do get divorced at a higher rate than children whose parents stayed together. There could be many reasons for this, and it may be as simple as children learning from their parents' example. They may also feel like choosing to get a divorce is not as big of a deal as people who never saw it first-hand.

Can I pay my alimony obligation in a lump sum settlement?

Almost ever Maryland spouse who is going through the divorce process will want to get the divorce over and done with and not look back. However, the need to pay monthly spousal support payments can interfere with this goal. Monthly alimony payments are also vulnerable to the risk of missing payments or suffering a calamity that interferes with the ability to make payments.

Whether you're the so-called "moneyed spouse" who is paying alimony or the spouse who is receiving alimony, if you're worried about this possibility -- and you want to finalize your alimony obligations in one fell swoop -- you might want to look into whether you can negotiate a lump sum alimony payment deal, which the court will later need to approve.

Common types of personal injury accident cases

Personal injury attorneys represent plaintiffs who have suffered injuries in countless types of accidents. At our law firm, just when we think we've encountered every accident scenario imaginable, a unique factual scenario presents itself. That being said, we do see many types of accidents again and again.

Here is a sampling of some of the most common types of cases we represent:

3 defenses to a speed limit violation

Maryland drivers are prone to exceeding the speed limit just like drivers in other parts of the country. For this reason, local law enforcement are often on patrol looking for speed limit violators. If you have been pulled over, accused of this crime and issued a speeding ticket, however, it doesn't necessarily mean that you were guilty. Police and their speed measuring devices, after all, might not always be accurate.

If you were inappropriately accused of speeding by a police officer in Maryland, here are three ways to defend against the allegations:

What should I know about surrogacy?

Surrogacy is an excellent option for two would-be parents if they can't have a baby on their own. Surrogacy involves the use of another person to carry a baby in her womb for someone else. The topic of surrogacy is legally complex, however. Prospective parents who want to use a surrogate should consider having an attorney make the arrangements.

There are two primary types of surrogacy.

Tragic motorcycle collision results in death of 18-year-old man

A recent motorcycle collision claimed the life of an 18-year-old man in Halethorpe. The incident, which happened on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, involved the young motorcyclist and a sport utility vehicle.

According to the Baltimore County Police department, police first received a report of the accident at approximately 2:25 p.m. in the afternoon on the day of the collision. Police rushed to the accident scene, where they discovered the young motorcyclist deceased from injuries he suffered when a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban struck him. The Suburban driver did not suffer any injuries as a result of the collision.

Never move out of your home without the children

Maryland family laws seek to protect your children from the instability that can result from a family breakup. In fact, the court will do everything it can to make sure its decisions support the best interest of your children first and foremost during the proceedings.

In its attempt to ensure the children are best taken care of, a family court will usually give preference to the "primary caretaker" of the children. In this respect, it's a very poor decision for a spouse to move out of the house before a temporary child custody plan is in place.

What issues will my divorce resolve?

Imagine that you and your spouse have been married for 10 years and you have two children together. You also own a house, two cars, a family home, a vacation home, a retirement portfolio, three investment accounts, the family dog and let's not forget the expensive art and antiques you've passionately collected over the years. Based on that description, your divorce may be a little more complicated than others to resolve, but it certainly will not be impossible.

Here are two of the most important areas (and potential challenges) that your divorce process will address:

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