Telling the Children About the Divorce

on Feb 18, 2018 in Divorce

In a recent study, researchers discovered that over 75% of divorcing parents spend 10 minutes or less telling the children about the divorce and the changes that will result in their family. There is no single right way to tell your children about the divorce. However, it is a good idea to spend some time thinking about how you are going to present the information to your children.  You and your spouse know your children best.  Take some time to consider their age and information processing skills.  It doesn’t hurt to practice out loud how you are going to tell your children about the divorce. Below please find a series of several suggestions that may assist in the discussions that…

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Gray Divorce: Separating a Lifetime of Property

on Feb 15, 2018 in Divorce

What is Gray Divorce?Gray divorce is the term for the trend of an increase in divorce rate for older couples in long lasting marriages.  According to the Pew Research Center, the divorce rate for couples over 50 has nearly doubled since the 1990s.  For aging couples, considering entering the next phase of life with someone you dislike can be awful.The study cites many explanations for this trend.  People in this country live longer than before.  They want happiness throughout their entire lives.  Sometimes, marriages exist to raise children and once the children are gone, the marriage feels empty.  Couples see that they have decades ahead and want to be happy.  The stigma surrounding divorce has continued to decline.  This includes…

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Child Custody and Spring Break

on Feb 10, 2018 in Child Custody, Divorce

With winter in full swing, it seems strange to discuss child custody and spring break.  However, believe it or not, spring is right around the corner.  So is spring break, and it is not too soon to start planning your child custody schedule.  Early planning avoids last minute surprises, disagreement, and disappointment. Child Custody and Spring Break: Planning During Custody Negotiation The best time to make agreements for spring break is during negotiation in the divorce.  Unlike most holidays, however, different schools have different spring break schedules.    As a result, spring break allows for flexibility when determining custody arrangements. Spring break allows at least four different solutions to custody and visitation issues, including: Spit spring break in half.  One parent…

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Issues to Expect in High Asset Divorce

on Feb 6, 2018 in Divorce

Divorce is emotional and difficult.  High asset divorces present unique challenges and added complexity.  Every divorce is unique, however, similar issues often arise in high high asset divorces. Often, high asset divorces involve real estate investments including multiple homes and vacation properties, stocks, bonds, trusts, pensions, other retirement accounts, businesses, vehicles, and other financial accounts.  Assets acquired during the marriage, except for some inheritances and gifts, are marital assets.  In a divorce, these assets are divided fairly and equitably - a complicated process.   When considering a divorce, a party with considerable assets must first hire an experienced, qualified family law attorney.  While having considerable assets is a positive, it also means the parties have significant assets at stake during…

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Thinking of Selling the House After a Divorce? Things to Consider

on Feb 1, 2018 in Divorce

Going through a divorce is often a difficult time emotionally, and selling the house, is, at a minimum, a discussion point.  Many people report nothing feels stable during a divorce.  Especially when divorce is an unexpected event, it leaves people looking for stability.  Often, this takes the form of the family home.  But is keeping the house really the best decision?  Below are several things to consider when deciding whether selling the house is best for you. Selling the House: Why Do You Want to Keep the House? As stated above, home represents stability at a time where everything else feels up in the air.  Also, your home has history for you and your family.  Perhaps your children grew up…

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Benefits of Divorce Mediation for Adults and Children

on Jan 24, 2018 in Divorce

Mediation is Peaceful In a divorce, each party hires an attorney to represent his or her best interests.  Attorneys advocate for their clients.  In a traditional divorce, the case may settle through negotiation, or it may result in a trial.  In a mediation, the parties proceed with a different goal in mind.  The goal of the mediator is to work toward a settlement that benefits both parties.  The mediator maintains the peace. When the parties hire a qualified, experienced family law attorney, that attorney interacts with the mediator on behalf of his or her client.  The mediator and the parties attorneys work through the issues for the benefit of both parents. Mediation Prioritizes Children The goal of mediation is to…

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Why You Should Consider Hiring an Attorney for an Uncontested Divorce in the State of Maryland

on Jan 19, 2018 in Divorce

The Constitution allows individuals to represent themselves in all legal proceedings.  This includes divorce matters.  However, doing so presents problems and has drawbacks.  The temptation for an individual to represent himself or herself is particularly strong when the divorce is uncontested. Uncontested Divorce: Human Emotion A quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln, says, “He who represents himself has a fool for a client.”  It is believed this was aimed at attorneys, but it certainly also applies to a layperson.  A common trait that everyone has is we are all human.  Emotions easily cloud even the most intelligent person’s judgment.  This is even more true when a person’s financial, emotional, and mental security are at stake.  Divorce impacts every aspect of a…

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Requesting Modification of Child Support or Child Custody in the State of Maryland

on Jan 16, 2018 in Child Custody, Child Support

After a court has entered a Judgment of Divorce in the state of Maryland, it is possible to modify child support or child custody.  An individual in the state of Maryland is allowed to bring any legal motion without representation.  However, that does not mean it is a good idea.  Family law attorneys are expensive.  However, representing yourself in court is also expensive.  Even experienced family law attorneys retain a family law attorney to represent them in court.   Carefully consider a qualified, experienced family law attorney for modification matters. Requesting a Change of Child Support Every three years, either parent may ask the Child Support Enforcement office to review a child support order.  The modification request may result in either an increase…

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Understanding the Divorce Process From Beginning to End

on Jan 13, 2018 in Divorce

The divorce process in Maryland is complicated.  However, it can be broken down into a number of steps.  of course, every divorce is different.  Some fundamentals, however, remain the same from one case to the next.  Understanding the steps of the process makes divorce less intimidating, focuses parties, and allows for the best possible outcome. In most cases, prior to filing a complaint in a divorce case, the parties must live apart continuously, without cohabitation, for one year.  One of the parties may file for divorce after that one year period. During a divorce, a number of issues are resolved, by agreement, or by a judge.  This includes child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support or alimony, the use…

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A Contested Divorce in the State of Maryland — What to Expect Regarding Alimony

on Jan 11, 2018 in Divorce

Family law cases are typically resolved by agreement between the parties in the State of Maryland.  A court then approves the aspects of the agreement.  However, when the parties, through their attorneys, comply with Maryland law, this is approval is a formality.  When the parties do not agree, on the other hand, the court issues a final judgment, resolving any remaining issues.  This final judgment by the court includes alimony.  Alimony is complicated and it is important to understand certain concepts.  When the parties cannot resolve issues of alimony, the court determines the amount and duration of alimony.  Here are some things you need to know about what to expect regarding alimony. What to Expect Regarding Alimony in the State of…

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