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Prahinski v. Prahinski
Maryland Court of Appeals
321 Md. 227, 582 A.2d 784 (1990)
During the marriage between Margaret Prahinski (plaintiff) and Leo Prahinski (defendant), Leo obtained a law degree and opened his own practice. Margaret worked as the secretary and later as the office manager of Leo’s firm, which mostly handled real estate transactions. Later, Margaret and Leo separated. Margaret successfully filed for divorce. The circuit court granted Margaret a monetary award that included one-half of the goodwill value of Leo’s law practice. Leo appealed. The court of special appeals, an intermediate appellate court, held that the value of Leo’s law practice was specific to Leo’s reputation as an attorney and therefore was not divisible marital property. Margaret appealed. The Maryland Court of Appeals granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Cole, J.)
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