Maryland Family Law Section 8-205

Article - Family Law

§ 8-205.

      (a)      (1)      Subject to the provisions of subsection (b) of this section, after the court determines which property is marital property, and the value of the marital property, the court may transfer ownership of an interest in property described in paragraph (2) of this subsection, grant a monetary award, or both, as an adjustment of the equities and rights of the parties concerning marital property, whether or not alimony is awarded.

            (2)      The court may transfer ownership of an interest in:

                  (i)      a pension, retirement, profit sharing, or deferred compensation plan, from one party to either or both parties; and

                  (ii)      subject to the consent of any lienholders, family use personal property, from one or both parties to either or both parties.

      (b)      The court shall determine the amount and the method of payment of a monetary award, or the terms of the transfer of the interest in property described in subsection (a)(2) of this section, or both, after considering each of the following factors:

            (1)      the contributions, monetary and nonmonetary, of each party to the well-being of the family;

            (2)      the value of all property interests of each party;

            (3)      the economic circumstances of each party at the time the award is to be made;

            (4)      the circumstances that contributed to the estrangement of the parties;

            (5)      the duration of the marriage;

            (6)      the age of each party;

            (7)      the physical and mental condition of each party;

            (8)      how and when specific marital property or interest in property described in subsection (a)(2) of this section, was acquired, including the effort expended by each party in accumulating the marital property or the interest in property described in subsection (a)(2) of this section, or both;

            (9)      the contribution by either party of property described in § 8-201(e)(3) of this subtitle to the acquisition of real property held by the parties as tenants by the entirety;

            (10)      any award of alimony and any award or other provision that the court has made with respect to family use personal property or the family home; and

            (11)      any other factor that the court considers necessary or appropriate to consider in order to arrive at a fair and equitable monetary award or transfer of an interest in property described in subsection (a)(2) of this section, or both.

      (c)      The court may reduce to a judgment any monetary award made under this section, to the extent that any part of the award is due and owing.