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Can gay couples seek alimony after divorce?


When heterosexual couples from Maryland divorce, one party typically has the right to seek spousal support from the other partner so that the person with the lower income can maintain the standard of living he or she enjoyed while married. But what about same-sex couples who are legally married? If their marriage turns sour, do they have the right to seek alimony from the partner with the higher income?

Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas in for a high asset divorce


Celebrity divorces are nothing new for most Maryland movie fans. However, many may be shocked by the recent divorce filing by Melanie Griffith. She is seeking a divorce from Antonio Banderas, her husband of 18 years. Although the split is reportedly amicable, with $50 million in assets at stake this has the potential to become a complicated high asset divorce.

Man jailed for failure to pay permanent alimony


After a Maryland divorce, spousal support is often awarded to the spouse with lower income. Most parties wish they could ignore alimony altogether - who willingly wants to pay money to their ex-spouse on a regular basis? But, the reality is that failure to pay alimony can result in serious penalties. The duty to pay it is taken very seriously in some cases - so much so that sometimes people are jailed for non-payment. That was the case for a man who was jailed for refusing to pay $2,000 a week in permanent alimony to his ex-wife.

Property division case goes to the dogs - no joint custody


When Maryland couples divorce, they typically fight over assets such as bank accounts, homes, vehicles and expensive artwork. However, more and more divorces are involving pets, which tend to be treated as property under state laws, despite being treated as members of the family in many households. One recent property division case involving a dog resulted in sole custody for the ex-husband, a veterinarian.

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