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Potentially interruptions caused by a divorce

While Maryland residents may believe that their relationship is over when they file for divorce, that isn't necessarily the case. A person might be required to keep his or her former spouse on a health insurance policy. It is also likely that an individual won't be able to cancel an auto insurance policy or other coverage that both spouses have jointly. Former spouses may also need to live with each other temporarily until they can afford to live on their own.

Parents could find that they aren't free to travel with their children. This is to prevent the possibility that a child will be kept in another country while child custody proceedings are ongoing. Depending on the circumstances of a given case, parents may be forced to keep their children in their home state. Local and federal authorities could be asked to apprehend a parent if an order to keep a child in a certain location is violated.

In some states, assets are essentially frozen after a divorce petition is filed. Individuals may not be able to sell or transfer ownership of assets that they own by themselves without a court order or permission from the other spouse. If an expenditure is deemed to be excessive, the person who spent the money could be asked to reimburse the other spouse.

The end of a marriage can be a time of transition for couples whether they have children or not. It may be a good idea to consult with an attorney to determine if it is possible to travel with children, sell assets or cancel insurance policies before the divorce is finalized.

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