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How the law treats unmarried fathers

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 40 percent of children in the country are born to parents who are not married. This is an increase from 18.4 percent in 2007. Unmarried fathers in Maryland and other states do have rights to their children, and the first step in obtaining those rights is to establish paternity. Doing so can be as simple as including the father's name on the child's birth certificate.

Reasons for the rise in prenuptial agreements

People in Maryland may be more likely to get a prenuptial agreement than earlier generations. A survey of the American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers reported an uptick in prenuptial agreements over the past 20 years. More recently, there has been an increase in these types of agreements among the 18-to-34 age group, and there may be a number of reasons for this.

Forgiveness is important when it comes to co-parenting

Ideally, a person in a committed relationship wouldn't take steps to hinder their partner's ability to earn money or chase a dream. However, some Maryland residents could do just that without even realizing it. If a couple with children gets divorced, the custodial parent may be tempted to turn the case over to the authorities if back child support is owed. This could have negative consequences for both the noncustodial parent and kid.

The focus should be on the child after a divorce

After a divorce, parents should make sure that their sole focus is on raising their children together. As long as both parents are fit to be with the child, they should both have a relationship with a son or daughter. There are a variety of tools that divorced parents in Maryland can use to create a civil relationship with each other.

Considering the financial impact of a divorce

During a divorce in Maryland, former couples may have to determine how their marital property will be divided. Not only can this be an emotional step, but it can also have major impacts on each ex's lifestyle and financial goals. However, those who are proactive when it comes to their future finances may have an easier time moving forward.