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July 2016 Archives

Standards for designating a parent as primary caretaker

When a Maryland couple with children decides to divorce, they need to agree on how to divide parenting time. Otherwise, a family court will decide the terms. A judge will consider many issues when determining child custody cases. In most cases, the court will award sole or primary physical custody to the parent who has been the primary caregiver.

The potential for future disputes when settling a divorce

Maryland couples who are facing the end of a marriage might wish to complete the divorce process as soon as possible. Legal advisers, however, recommend that time should be taken to carefully review every aspect of a divorce settlement agreement. If something is unclear, people should gain clarification and even request changes so that disputes might be avoided in the future.

Maryland court ruling confirms that being a parent is about more than biology

Maryland's same-sex marriage law went into effect on Jan. 1, 2013 and while the law seeks to provide marriage equality for all state residents, same-sex couples who chose to have their own or who adopt children often still encounter legal obstacles and challenges.

Options for Maryland residents considering divorce

Maryland residents who are considering divorce are among approximately 50 percent of couples in the United States who go through with it. Once the end of a marriage is imminent, both parties should consider the benefits and downsides of the multiple types that are possible. An uncontested divorce is typically the simplest way to proceed as it involves a settlement agreement entered into by both parties. These proceedings can be finished in weeks and cost much less than the typical litigated divorce.

How the information age is impacting divorce

Many divorcees have learned the hard way that posting content online without thinking first can lead to trouble. While ill-advised emails or social media messages will rarely cause more than mild embarrassment for most people, they can be disastrous for those going through a divorce. Maryland spouses who maintain that they can't afford to pay alimony or child support may find it difficult to explain Facebook photographs of extravagant purchases or wild parties, and claims of fidelity may be received with skepticism when accounts have been opened with online dating sites.