Sharing Chores by Married Couples – Important to Avoiding Divorce?

on Jun 26, 2017 in Divorce, Domestic Partnerships

A majority of married adults believe sharing responsibility for household chores is important.  However, according to a report published by the Pew Research Center’s Religious Landscape, couples with children perceive who actually does more of the chores differently. The Importance of Sharing Chores That report found that 56% of married adults describe sharing household chores as “very important” to a successful marriage.  The report found sharing chores more important to a successful marriage than having children (43%) and adequate income (42%).  Other areas were found to be more important than chore sharing in the report, including having shared interests (64%) and having a satisfying sexual relationship (61%). The importance of sharing household chores is considered very important among married...

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Parental Rights of Unmarried Parents

on Jun 22, 2017 in Child Custody, Child Support

Child custody, child support and establishing parenting time are frequently complicated and contentious when married parents go through a divorce.  When parents are not married, those issues surrounding parental rights often become even more problematic.  If the parents are not married, custody of the child is awarded to the mother immediately.  However, a father has rights to pursue through legal proceedings. Parental Rights of the Mother Unmarried mothers are granted primary rights to custody of the child.  As a result, she has the authority to make all decisions regarding her child.  Unless this changes by agreement of the parents or a court order, the child resides with the mother.  The mother makes all decisions about the child’s schooling and...

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Preparing for Divorce in the State of Maryland

on Jun 18, 2017 in Divorce

Divorce is rarely easy, but preparing for divorce can make the process easier.  Steps can be taken prior to your divorce proceedings to help make the process as smooth as possible.  You will not be able to predict every possible twist in your divorce, but there are some things that can be done in every situation in advance of your divorce. Know What to Expect From Your Divorce Understand what you can reasonably expect your divorce.  You are not an attorney, but it can be helpful to do some basic research on divorce in your state.  For example, if you have children, custody and child support issues will be significant in your case.  If you have one or more...

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Creating a Long Distance Parenting Plan

on Jun 15, 2017 in Child Custody, Divorce

Divorced or separated parents may live far away from each other.  One parent may also relocate a long distance away after a divorce.  An appropriate long-distance parenting plan allows children and the distant parent to maintain regular contact.  Creating a long-distance parenting plan requires careful planning and it must account for the unique situation of the family.  This can be particularly difficult if visitation has been established after a divorce and must be renegotiated when one parent moves away. The parenting plan must be as detailed as possible.  Even if the parties get along initially, nobody knows how long that will last and how relationships can change.  Flexibility is important, but a party must be able to rely on...

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Financial Mistakes People Commonly Make During Divorce

on Jun 13, 2017 in Divorce

Getting a divorce is emotionally and financially draining.  Parties often want to get the process done as quickly as possible so they can move on with their lives.  This thinking is completely normal, but it is important to avoid common financial mistakes in your divorce. Lacking a Complete Financial Understanding Perhaps one of the biggest financial mistakes a party to a divorce can make is not knowing the finances of the parties.  Often, one spouse handles most or even all of the financial decisions for the household.  That party obviously has an advantage in the beginning. If you think your spouse is preparing for a divorce or if you are considering a divorce, gather as much information as possible...

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