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A complex, stressful and emotional process with enormous ramifications for the entire family
Divorce can encompass a number of complex issues such as child custody and child support, use and possession of the family home, alimony or spousal support, and asset identification and division. Often these issues must be dealt with at a time when spouses are struggling emotionally and financially. Ms. McCann recognizes that, in many cases, one spouse is more emotionally prepared for divorce than the other spouse. She strives to make the process as painless as possible by taking the time to understand her clients’ individual needs and working with them in a compassionate manner. If it is possible to achieve a positive result through negotiation or mediation and settlement, she will embrace that process. If not, she prepares her clients and their cases fully in order to maximize the probability of a positive outcome in court.
Alimony & Spousal Support
When spouses separate, there is frequently a disparity between their incomes. Depending on the extent of the disparity, one spouse may be entitled to spousal support from the other spouse – either for a specified period of time or, under certain circumstances, indefinitely. There are many factors that a court must consider when deciding the issue of spousal support. Some of those factors are: (1) ability of the person seeking alimony to be self-supporting; (2) time necessary for the person to gain sufficient education or training to find suitable employment; (3) standard of living of the couple prior to separation; (4) length of marriage, (5) age and health of the spouses, and (6) circumstances that contributed to the break-up of the marriage.
The issue of alimony is one of the most difficult matters for lawyers to predict. Ms. McCann is experienced in applying Maryland law to a given situation in order to educate and advise her clients regarding the likelihood of alimony being awarded and, if so, the potential duration and dollar amount. Her aim is to ensure that her clients are fully informed about the law as applied to their particular cases, and to assist them in making wise decisions throughout the process. If alimony is appropriate and/or requested in a specific case, she provides her clients with competent, zealous representation in order to maximize the chances of a favorable result under the law.
Property Division
Maryland is what is known as an “equitable distribution” state. That means the judge has the authority to divide marital property as he or she sees fit. Judges have a lot of discretion to decide what he or she thinks is fair in any given case. Marital property includes all property acquired during the marriage with marital funds. In most cases, that means property acquired after the marriage with earnings from employment. Marital property may consist of the marital home, personal property such as vehicles, equipment and furniture, bank accounts, investment accounts, retirement accounts and pensions, and any business interests. Marital property division is often a complex process – sometimes involving assets that are characterized as part marital and part non-marital property. Many factors may be considered, including the amount and nature of debt a couple has. Clients need to understand the law as it applies to their individual case so they can make informed decisions and understand potential outcomes. Ms. McCann assists her clients by guiding them through this difficult process with understanding, compassion and wisdom. She has the expertise and experience to apply the intricacies of marital property law to a particular case in order to ensure that her clients obtain a fair and reasonable portion of the marital estate.
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Kathleen Duckett McCann, Esq.
Office: (410) 827-5622
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