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December 2016 Archives

Finding a Maryland parent who owes child support

In most cases, a custodial parent of a child is entitled to financial support from the child's other parent after a divorce. However, even if people have obtained a court order, they may not receive the compensation they are owed. In these cases, the parents may need to locate the obligors so that they can obtain the financial assistance they require.

How a person may draw on an ex-spouse's Social Security

Maryland couples who are getting a divorce might not realize that when they reach their 60s, they may still be able to draw Social Security benefits based on their ex-spouse's work record. This may be a possibility if a person's own Social Security benefits would be less than what they would receive based on their spouse's record. A person can draw up to 50 percent of the their spouse's total benefits. This has no effect on what the former spouse receives.

3 facts unmarried new fathers should know

When a relationship ends, many men think that they are completely done with the woman they broke it off with. This isn't the case for a man who finds out that the woman is expecting his baby. Men who aren't married but have a new child with a former girlfriend have specific duties and rights regarding the child. Failing to meet legal obligations could cause problems for you, as well as for the business that you have worked so hard to build.

Enforcing child support payments

When Maryland parents of young children divorce, one of the things that must be decided is who the child will live with and a visitation schedule for the noncustodial parent. The noncustodial parent usually is supposed to pay support to the other parent, but according to one study, in 2014, only 49 percent of eligible single parents had a formal support agreement in place with the other parent.

Maintaining a parenting plan after a move

After a divorce in Maryland, a parent may be committed to remaining in their child's life. Typically, both parents will come together and create a plan as to how they will raise the child despite no longer living together. Ideally, the plan will limit any disruption to the child's life. However, there may come a time when one parent may enter a new relationship.

Marriages on the rise while divorce rate drops

Research conducted by the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University contained some good news for the institution of marriage. In Maryland and across the country, the marriage rate was 32.2 per 1,000 women in 2015. This was a small but significant increase from the rate of 31.9 per 1,000 women in 2014. Researchers suggested that this increase indicates that marriage rates could be leveling off after years of decline.