2020 Maryland Statutes
Family Law
Title 8 - Deeds, Agreements, and Settlements Between Spouses; Property Disposition in Divorce and Annulment
Subtitle 2 - Property Disposition in Annulment and Divorce
Section 8-205 - Marital Property -- Award

    (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;

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

            (iii)    subject to the terms of any lien, real property jointly owned by the parties and used as the principal residence of the parties when they lived together, by:

                1.    ordering the transfer of ownership of the real property or any interest of one of the parties in the real property to the other party if the party to whom the real property is transferred obtains the release of the other party from any lien against the real property;

                2.    authorizing one party to purchase the interest of the other party in the real property, in accordance with the terms and conditions ordered by the court; or

                3.    both.

    (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.

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