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March 2018 Archives

More flexible child custody arrangements on the rise

Attitudes towards fathers' roles in parenting are changing, and with this change comes a change in child custody agreements. Parents in Maryland and throughout the country are increasingly coming up with creative arrangements that put the child's needs first and allow both parents to remain significant presences in their children's lives.

Child support enforcement a federal priority

When families in Maryland have to deal with issues related to unpaid child support, the effect on the children involved can be significant, especially when their parent struggles to make ends meet and keep the bills paid. Because of the potential for serious impact on the well-being of the children involved, child support enforcement against delinquent parents is a major priority for federal and state agencies. One of the most effective means of successfully collecting unpaid child support has been wage garnishment and payroll collection.

Tips for dividing a 401(k) in a divorce

A retirement account might be one of the most valuable assets a Maryland couple needs to divide in a divorce. To avoid paying unnecessary taxes and penalties, it is important that the spouses take steps to divide the accounts correctly.

Study finds female same-sex couples have highest breakup rates

With the emergence of same-sex marriage in Maryland and nationwide, social scientists have asked whether differences exist among female-female, male-male and male-female marriages. A newly published study based on data from 515 couples collected between 2002 to 2014 found that female-female couples had the highest chance of terminating their relationships. Male-male couples broke up at the lowest rates, and the percentages of heterosexual couples splitting up fell in the middle.