From a Family Law Attorney: Top Ten Myths Clients Believe and Lawyers Have To Correct

April 20, 2017

          1.       That what they read on the internet is true.  No, one cannot pursue alienation of affection in Maryland.


         2.       That proof of adultery or desertion means that they will get more of the marital property, more custody, spousal support, etc.


         3.       That when their lawyer explains the weak points of their case to them, it means that the attorney is “not on their side.”


         4.       That children actually want to be involved in their parents’ divorce.


         5.       That the value of their used property is even remotely substantial (let alone worth paying attorneys to argue over it). 


         6.       That it’s up to children to decide their custody or whether they want to visit with the other parent.


         7.       That a party can keep the house and refinance the mortgage sometime after divorce if he or she can’t qualify now (when no children and no use and possession).


         8.       That child support is tied to visitation and vice versa.


         9.       That property automatically becomes joint after parties have been married for a certain period of time.


         10.     That it’s okay to pay their legal bill after all the rest of their bills are paid!


Top 10 List submitted by: Samantha Z. Smith, Esq.,Timchula & Smith, P.A. to the MSBA Family Law listserv



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