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April 2018 Archives

Nesting as a child custody alternative

Maryland fans of the TV show "Splitting Up Together" may have already been introduced to the concept of bird nesting. This happens when a couple gets a divorce but the children remain in the home while the parents take turns living there. The actor Josh Lucas, who split up with the mother of his 5-year-old son, has also discussed the success of the arrangement.

Parenting after divorce requires cooperation

Divorcing Maryland parents are generally more concerned about the welfare of their children than any other issue. The court system requires a parenting plan, which typically details specifics regarding child visitation and financial support. It also designates who will be in charge of major decisions regarding the children's medical and educational paths. While the parenting plan provides a broad outline, much is left to the parents regarding how they interact with each other and the children. Psychologists and therapists have formed a general consensus about how parents should deal with children in the aftermath of divorce.

Mediation can be used in divorce cases

Those going through a divorce in Maryland know that it can be a stressful and expensive process. In addition to ending a relationship and the issues inherent to separation, a court process adds to the stress. Contentious hearings can be difficult on parties and costly, and a party never really knows whether a court will rule in his or her failure.