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Fancy pants and financial discipline

Dorie Fain Big

I sat across from a new client recently and declared, “You’re a fancy pants … I know this because it takes one to know one.” To her credit, this client took my comment in stride, and we had a good ...

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Md. legislation would clarify new grounds for divorce

The Maryland State House. (File)

Four months after Maryland’s law permitting divorce by mutual consent went into effect, pending legislation in the General Assembly session seeks to clarify the process, which in practice varies depending on the jurisdiction. The law, passed in 2015, permits a ...

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On legal issues, Zirkin, Frosh, Raskin all emerge from session with victories

Sen. Robert A. “Bobby” Zirkin and Sen. Jamin B. “Jamie” Raskin speak on the Senate floor. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

A freshman committee chair looking to make his mark, a legislator-cum-attorney general seeing if he still has State House sparkle and a state senator eying a congressional seat were able to celebrate Tuesday as the General Assembly this just-completed session passed bills they championed.

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General Assembly passes divorce-by-settlement bill

The Maryland General Assembly on Monday passed legislation to enable married couples without minor children to divorce through settlement agreement and forgo the state’s one-year separation requirement before terminating a marriage. Both spouses would have to sign the agreement and be present when a judge grants their absolute divorce. The measure, if signed into law by Gov. Larry Hogan, would go into effect Oct. 1.

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Divorce-by-settlement bill races sine-die clock

Time permitting, the Maryland General Assembly appears poised to pass legislation that would enable married couples without children to divorce through settlement agreement and forgo waiting the state’s one-year separation requirement before terminating a marriage. Sen. Robert A. “Bobby” Zirkin, the bill’s chief sponsor, has called the measure a sensible way for couples to end their marriages when they can reach amicable agreements on the division of property without the acrimony of a trial or being legally bound to each other for 12 months.

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