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Archive for October, 2008

Divorce Cards

Friday, October 31st, 2008

What a great idea.  A reader writes to the Philly.Com Daily News that she received a card in the mail announcing a friend’s divorce that included the new addresses for both parties.  If we could approach divorce the same way we do marriages, births and holidays, maybe it would take some of the stigma and sting out of it.

Checklist for Uncontested Divorce

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Uncontested divorces in Maryland are heard by a Family Law Master.  The Plaintiff needs to appear in court to testify.  The Defendant need only appear if it is what he or she wants to do.  Here’s a checklist of things you need for an uncontested divorce hearing:

  • Report of Absolute Divorce or Annulment of Marriage (the Blue Form)
  • Separation Agreement
  • A Copy of Your Marriage Certificate
  • Child Support Guidelines Worksheet
  • Corroborating Witness and Witness Information Form
  • Submission to Judgment


Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Interrogatories are written questions that must be answered under oath.  The number of interrogatories you can ask are limited in the three local jurisdictions.

  • Maryland.  Thirty interrogatories.
  • Virginia.  Thirty interrogatories.
  • District of Columbia.  Forty interrogatories.

Responses are due in writing within a certain time period in compliance with the Court Rules.

  • Maryland.  Thirty days from service plus three for mailing.
  • Virginia.  Twenty days from service plus three for mailing.
  • District of Columbia.  Thirty days from service plus three for mailing.

The Divorce Lawyer’s Handbook on Staying Married

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008


A friend of mine tells this story about one night when he was working as an assistant manager at a health club.  A young woman came in with a little girl.  She looked harried, probably from working all day, and now she was looking forward to a swim with her daughter.

“I’m sorry, ma’am , the manager said, “but the pool closes at 7:00 pm.”

“Oh,” said the woman, dejectedly, and turned to go.  Ordinarily, that would have been the end of it.  The result would be an unhappy customer.

But, as the mother was walking away, the manager said “Ma’am?”  As she turned, he said to her, “You have a beautiful little girl.”

She lit up with a great big smile and you could almost see the stress of the day melting from her as she squared her shoulders, lifted her head and stood up straight.  An unhappy customer was turned into a happy customer.

It takes so little to do so much.

We are all starved for recognition, acknowledgment and love.  So take two minutes and buy some flowers, pick up the clothes on the floor, empty the dishwasher or fill up your spouse’s car without telling them.  You get the idea.  Keeping Rule No. 1 in mind will reap large dividends for only a little effort.

Contest to Redefine Divorce

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

?First Wives World is running a contest to redefine divorce. Fill out the entry form by November 4, 2008, with your personal definition of divorce.  Readers vote on the best definition and winners will receive a $1000 (first prize), $500 (second prize) or $100 (third prize) gift card from

divorce [di-vors’, -vors’]

n. 1. The legal termination of a marriage
2. A complete severance of connected things.
3. The reason my life is now 90lbs lighter!
4. The day I started downing pints of choco chunk ice cream between crying fits.

Divorce Quotes

Friday, October 17th, 2008

“Bigamy is having one wife/husband too many. Monogamy is the same.” –Oscar Wilde

Joe the Plumber

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Joe the Plumber stopped by to see me about his divorce today. “I worked all these years using my own blood, sweat and tears to build up my business. She wants part of it. And Barack Obama wants some of it.”

“Come on, Joe, it’s not that bad. Let’s look at it more carefully,” I say. “Obama’s tax plan provides a $3,000 tax credit for every new job you create, a reduction in taxes if you make less than $250,000 a year, and no capital gains if you sell your business.”

“It doesn’t sound so bad when you put it that way. But what about my wife? She never worked a day during our marriage,” says Joe.

“Your wife gave up her own career to raise your kids and make a home for you so that you were able to work so hard to build up your business. The law provides that the judge has to consider, among other factors, the contributions, monetary and nonmonetary, of each party.”

“So what you’re telling me,” says Joe, “is that I have two silent partners in my business – my lazy Uncle Sam and my wife.”

“That’s one way of looking at it, Joe,” I tell him. “Where are you going?”

As Joe leaves my office, he turns and says, “I’m going to see if my wife wants to buy my plumbing business.”

Madonna and Ritchie to Divorce

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Madonna and Guy Ritchie are calling it quits after almost eight years of marriage, according to USAToday.Com.

Madonna and Ritchie were married in December, 2000.  They have two children: Rocco, 8, and David Banda, 3, who was adopted from Malawi. Madonna also has a 12-year-old daughter, Lourdes, from Carlos Leon.

Madonna is worth about $490 million and Ritchie is worth about $35 million.  They own homes in London, Los Angeles and New York, and a 1,200-acre retreat in Wiltshire, England.

They still have to agree on a financial settlement and child custody.

Taking Exceptions

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Certain matters may be heard in Maryland courts by a Master instead of a Judge.  The Master then prepares written recommendations which include the Master’s findings and a proposed order.

Maryland Rule 9-208 provides a method for challenging the Master’s findings and recommendations.  Either party may file Exceptions in writing with the Clerk of the Court.  The Exceptions must set forth any asserted error with particularity.

You have only ten days from the Master’s findings and recommendations to file Exceptions.  You don’t count the day of the ruling, and if the tenth day falls on a weekend or holiday, you can file on the next business day.

A judge will hold a hearing on the Exceptions if you ask for one.  The Court will rule on the evidence presented to the Master.  The Court may also consider additional evidence if it decides to.

In uncontested divorces, the parties may forego their right to take Exceptions, by signing a Waiver, in order to expedite their decree of divorce.

Financial Crisis

Monday, October 13th, 2008

‘This is worse than a divorce. I’ve lost half my money and I still have a wife.’

-Unnamed Investor

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