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What is Considered Stalking in Maryland?
Maryland passed a revised stalking statute, effective October 1, 2003.
Under the new law, "stalking" is defined as approaching or pursuing another where one knows or reasonably should have known the conduct would place another in reasonable fear of serious bodily harm, assault, rape or sexual offense or attempted rape or sexual offense, false imprisonment or death. Stalking is also conduct that will likely cause another to suffer the above offenses, regardless of what the alleged stalker knew or should have known.
Prior to the revised law, establishing the crime of stalking required proof that the alleged stalker had the specific intent to cause harm to another. This requirement has now been eliminated.
Violation of the stalking statute is now a felony, rather than a misdemeanor, punishable by fine and/or imprisonment.
Maryland law requires equitable distribution of property in a divorce. The court determines a fair award of property and debt. Unless the couple can reach a settlement, the court divides the marital property, pension, retirement, profit sharing or deferred-compensation plans. The court considers contributions of each party, the well being of the family, the property value, the economic circumstances of each spouse as well as current situations such as age, mental state, the duration of the marriage, and the interest each party has in the property.
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