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 men…

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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 where…

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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 high-value…

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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 a…

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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 as…

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Actions to Avoid When You Are Getting a Divorce

on Jun 8, 2017 in Divorce

Deciding to get a divorce can be extremely difficult.  After you make that decision, the emotional difficulty does not end.  Many decisions need to be made, which frequently induces more stress.  Making things worse, much of the process is out of your control.  Of the things that are under your control, your choices impact your experience, during the divorce and beyond. Do Not Give In To Your Emotions Anger, sadness, fear, and worry are just some of the emotions you may feel while going through a divorce.  These emotions are normal.  However, you must not let these emotions control you and you must not make decisions based on those emotions.  Controlling your emotions will make the process go more smoothly. …

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Long Term Separation: Advantages and Disadvantages

on Jun 7, 2017 in Divorce

Even if a marriage ultimately ends in divorce, there may be advantages to long term separation.  Long term separation also comes with disadvantages.  Parties must understand both when considering long term separation and other options. Insurance and Health Care Coverage Usually, if the parties remain married, both parties will keep insurance and health care coverage they had as a married couple.  This can be a tremendous benefit.  Depending on the status of the law, one party may have difficulty obtaining insurance and health care coverage on his or her own.  If the parties agree to a separation or divorce agreement, the agreement should address insurance and health care coverage. Pension and Social Security Benefits Depending on the length of a…

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Benefits of a Prenuptial Agreement

on Jun 1, 2017 in Divorce

If you are considering getting married, you should also consider getting a prenuptial agreement, also referred to as a premarital agreement, or, in slang, “a prenup.”  A prenuptial agreement offers many benefits to a couple contemplating marriage. Can You Really Talk about Anything? In order to write an effective prenuptial agreement, your family law lawyer will need information on the assets and debts of both parties.  Together, you are going to have to address important questions about your property and wealth.  Particularly for couples with children, questions such as, “Who will get the family beach house?” must be addressed.  Few people enjoy discussing money, wealth, and wealth distribution.  Doing this together before you tie the knot allows you the chance…

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Child Support: When Child Support Isn’t Paid

on May 29, 2017 in Child Support

General Authority As a starting point, the state of Maryland coordinates a statewide program for enforcing child support orders.  Maryland law calls for a central registry of records, which documents absent parents.  Additionally, Maryland law calls for the location of absent parents.  Once located, Maryland determines the ability of the parent to pay child support as ordered.  Maryland may also collect and disburse child support under this law.  Finally, the statute authorizes the state of Maryland to use established legal processes to enforce previously ordered child support. Collateral Consequences for Failure to Pay Child Support Consumer Reporting Agencies Once a child support obligation goes unpaid for 60 days or more, an obligor faces potential reporting of the arrears (the amount…

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Divorce Planning: Steps to Take Before Filing for Divorce

on May 26, 2017 in Divorce

Divorce planning may seem odd, but it can assist you as you go through the process.  Divorce can be a stressful process even in the best of circumstances.  Unfortunately, not every couple’s divorce reflects these “best circumstances.”  Because there can be hard feelings, and because we can’t control the conduct of those around us, it is a good idea to take certain steps before filing for divorce.  Taking these steps can make the process much easier, and allow things to go more smoothly. Take a Financial Inventory Income and Assets Divorce planning starts with your taxes.  If you don’t have a copy of the taxes you and your spouse have filed for the past several years, contact your accountant to…

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