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What Is a QDRO?

patrickcrawford | September 29, 2023

If you’ve heard the term “quadro” surrounding your divorce, you’re probably wondering what that strange-sounding word is. Well, “quadro” refers to the initials Q.D.R.O. which stands for Qualified Domestic Relations Order. In short, a QDRO is an order issued by a judge authorizing retirement benefits to be split between a divorcing couple without tax penalties. […]


What is Absolute Divorce in Maryland?

patrickcrawford | September 28, 2023

Maryland has some unique divorce laws. Did you know, for example, that there is no such thing as a “legal separation” in Maryland? If you and your spouse live separately, do not have sexual relations, and intend to get divorced, that constitutes a separation in Maryland—no legal paperwork necessary. In Maryland, there are two kinds […]


What Can Be Used Against You in a Divorce in Maryland?

patrickcrawford | August 29, 2023

In the State of Maryland, either spouse can seek a divorce based on fault – or one or both of you can pursue a no-fault divorce, which means you are in agreement on the matter of needing a divorce – or have lived separate and apart from one another for 12 consecutive months. If your […]


Who Claims a Child on Taxes with 50/50 Custody?

patrickcrawford | August 28, 2023

Once you establish that you and your ex will be sharing child custody with one another equally, set a parenting schedule that works for you, and receive your court orders, you’ve accomplished a lot. One aspect of child custody that many divorcing parents forget to carefully assess, however, is the matter of who is entitled […]


Alimony vs. Child Support

patrickcrawford | August 3, 2023

If you are in the process of filing for divorce in Maryland, you probably have worries when it comes to supporting yourself and your child.  Part of making the transition easier is ensuring that both you and your child are able to still live comfortably. Your financial concerns are valid and should be handled by […]

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Does Child Support count as Income?

patrickcrawford | July 19, 2023

If you have just gotten a divorce or are about to get divorced, you probably have questions about child support. If you are currently receiving child support from your former spouse, you may be wondering if the payment counts toward your own income. The Law Office of Patrick Crawford has helped many divorced couples navigate […]


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