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December 2017 Archives

Divorce can lead to expanded networks of family relations

Over the decades, an increasing number of Marylanders have ended their marriages in divorce. Divorce doesn't mean a family stops growing; on the contrary, the expanded understanding of family that accompanies divorce often includes stepparents, stepchildren and half-siblings. American families are growing due to the prevalence of divorce with a more complex and larger system of relationships between family members.

Children, divorce and narcissistic ex-spouses

Some Maryland parents might have to deal with a narcissistic co-parent after a divorce, and this can be harmful to their children. One way parents can respond is by offering their children stability and unconditional love. They may also want to consult a professional if the situation is adversely affecting the children.

How to handle the holidays with children after a divorce

After a divorce, the holidays in Maryland can be a particularly tough time for both the parents and children involved. However, parents should keep the focus on the family instead of themselves. Having to go back and forth between households can be difficult for kids, and they may struggle to understand the situation despite knowing both parents love them.

Co-parenting is a difficult journey, make sure you're prepared

Co-parenting is a difficult journey for both parents and for the children. Simply learning how to navigate the new way of doing things is a big adjustment. One way that you can make this a bit easier is to get everything planned out and put in writing as early in the process as possible.

People may use gig work to evade child support

Gig work is becoming increasingly popular in Maryland. Many people are turning to online platforms to supplement their incomes or to serve as their sole incomes. While the gig economy has provided an alternative means for people to earn a living, some people who are trying to evade their child support obligations are using gig work to their advantage.

Retired couples can face their own divorce challenges

For older couples in Maryland and across the United States, retirement age is not necessarily just a time to leave the workplace and enjoy some relaxing time with the family. For an increasing number of couples over the age of 50, divorce is accompanying retirement. The divorce rate for couples over 50 has escalated by 50 percent over the last 20 years and remains on an upward trend, even while the overall rate of divorce for American couples has declined. One out of every four couples decides to divorce after 50.