How Maryland Law Discriminates Against Same-Sex Parents

  The LGBT community has powered ahead in recent years in terms of legal recognition for same-sex relationships. In 2013 the Supreme Court in the pivotal case of United States v. Windsor struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act which defined marriage as between one man and one woman. Then, in 2015, the high court took one step further in Obergefell v. Hodges, by asserting that the fundamental right to marry is granted to same-sex couples equally. Despite these strides, many local laws have failed to confer the marital benefits presumed upon heterosexual couples to homosexual couples. […]

Travel in the Trump Era

The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments sometime this spring on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision, which the federal government had appealed in the summer of 2017. The Supreme Court held off on hearing arguments in the fall of 2017 because it wanted to see what would happen with the case before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, with the hope that it could resolve all of the issues with one decision. On this past February 15th, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a published decision in the case of International Refugee Assistance Project v. […]

Types of Divorce The many ways of breaking up

  There are two types of grounds for divorce: grounds based on a fault and no fault. Grounds based on fault may permit a party to obtain an absolute divorce within 12 months and could serve as a factor considered by the court in determining alimony or a marital award. There are two no-fault grounds for divorce. The most common is a 12-month separation, which means that the parties have lived separate and apart without resuming cohabitation for at least a period of 12 months. The second no-fault ground is a divorce by mutual consent which requires the parties not […]

Are Death Taxes Themselves Deceased?

When newspapers reported about the demise of Mark Twain, the American author and humorist quipped that “rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” More than a century later, the same could be said of the federal estate tax, which is effectively defunct for all but the richest Americans. Please follow and like us: