Back in September of last year, we wrote a response to a question asked by some divorcing men in Maryland regarding whether a man would be required to pay alimony to his ex-wife even if his income was lower than hers. As we explained in the post, Maryland family law judges take each spouse's income into consideration when determining alimony orders, meaning an ex-wife could be ordered to pay her ex-husband instead of the other way around.
As some residents here in Gaithersburg know, there are two ways to file for divorce here in Maryland. If a couple has simply drifted apart or there is an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage, then couples must separate for a year before filing for divorce. If there are grounds for divorce though, couples may file for the dissolution of marriage immediately without having to live separate for a year first.
In many states across the nation, judges take into consideration a child's best interests when making custody determinations. What this means can differ from state to state though. Here in Maryland, judges take into consideration a myriad of things such as existing custody agreements, the fitness of each parent, the age of the child, and whether one parent takes care of the child more than the other, just to name a few.
There are a lot of stereotypes surrounding the divorce process that some of today's readers may have heard or believed. One such stereotype is that alimony is only awarded to women during divorce proceedings. In most counties across the nation, including here in Montgomery County, it might even be considered laughable to even think that a man would ask for spousal support.