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Top 5 Methods (with Agreement Language) to Divide Your Furniture and Furnishings When Separating/Divorcing

By Weinberg & Schwartz, L.L.C. |

It is always the best practice to be more specific as opposed to less specific when drafting the terms and provisions of a Separation Agreement or Marital Settlement Agreement.  While it may seem like “overkill” at the time, it is always advisable to have clear and carefully drafted language to fall back on in… Read More »

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QDROs: Shared vs. Separate?

By Weinberg & Schwartz, L.L.C. |

One question you may hear when preparing to divide a retirement plan is “shared or separate interest?” What does that mean? It’s an important decision and one worth understanding. To begin with, here’s an example: Suppose Ms. Smith is a long-time employee of the Jones Company and is a fully vested participant in the… Read More »

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Tips for the Holidays!

By Weinberg & Schwartz, L.L.C. |

Children of divorced parents can start to become stressed as the Christmas holiday and breaks from school approach. Parents getting along and exchanges going smoothly are on the top of their wish list. Here are a few ways parents can ease their child(ren)’s mind during the holiday season: Don’t put emphasis on your “lack”… Read More »

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Do’s and Don’ts When Appearing in Court

By Weinberg & Schwartz, L.L.C. |

Fortunately, most family law matters are resolved prior to having a judge decide the issues at a merits hearing.  However, many times a resolution occurs after there have been motions hearing, temporary hearings, or other court appearances, and, of course, some matters proceed all the way to trial. If you find yourself in a… Read More »

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Ways to Give Thanks

By Weinberg & Schwartz, L.L.C. |

Thanksgiving is a time for everyone to reflect on all of the positive things we fortunate to have in our lives, and to express thanks for every thing that we have. Our office believes it is of the upmost importance to not only express our thanks and gratitude, but also to let our actions… Read More »

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Human Lawyer vs. Chat GPT: is it advisable to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to draft a Marital Settlement Agreement?

By Weinberg & Schwartz, L.L.C. |

As an experiment, the following was typed into Chat GPT:  Maryland Contract Alimony $5,000 per month for 5 years.  Chat GPT provided the following language: ALIMONY PROVISION Husband, agrees to pay Wife, the sum of $5,000 per month as spousal support (alimony) for a period of 5 years, commencing on [Start Date].  The payments… Read More »

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What do you mean they’re not in contempt?

By Weinberg & Schwartz, L.L.C. |

The best kind of custodial order is the kind people abide by and the Court takes non-compliance with a court order very seriously. However, in 2021, Breona C. v. Rodney D. put parameters in place that tend to limit the Court’s ability to address contempt. What is contempt? According to Maryland Rule 15-202, constructive… Read More »

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What does “half” mean when it comes to QDROs?

By Weinberg & Schwartz, L.L.C. |

There’s a famous intelligence test that is sometimes used in job interviews. You hand the candidate a piece of paper and ask them to divide it in half. Some candidates will grab the paper and rip into two parts. Other candidates will fold the paper carefully and attempt to get close to a clean… Read More »

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How Much Money Does it Take to Care for Kevin Costner’s Children?

By Weinberg & Schwartz, L.L.C. |

As many people who already read celebrity news may already know, Kevin Costner and his wife, Christine Baumgartner, are going through a nasty and very public divorce.  At the heart of their dispute is the custody of their three minor children, who are 12, 14, and 15 years old.  Ms. Baumgartner accused her husband… Read More »

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Summer Fun

By Weinberg & Schwartz, L.L.C. |

SUMMER FUN School is out and it is time for summer fun and family memories! Ideas for local trips in the DC/Maryland area: McHenry is just a quick carried into the Baltimore area for a fun day reliving history. The fort was used to protect the United States during the Battle of Baltimore on… Read More »

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