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Divorced parents can plan for back-to-school

When Maryland parents decide to divorce, concern about the effects on their children is often uppermost in their minds. This can be especially true as kids head off to a new school year. Every academic year can be a time of uncertainty, anxiety and anticipation as children prepare for new friends, teachers and classes. However, the school year transition can be especially challenging when the children's lives are split between two homes for the first time. While academic life after divorce will become routine in future years, parents can help to ease kids' transition in that first back-to-school period after a divorce.

How child support works

When child support is awarded following a divorce in Maryland, the noncustodial parent must pay support to the parent who has custody of the child. The first step in determining support arrangements is to establish a relationship with the child. The process of giving birth to a child establishes maternity. With paternity, if a couple is married when their child is born, the husband is typically considered the father. If parents aren't married when a child is born, an Acknowledgment of Paternity Affidavit can be completed by both parents to establish paternity.

Understanding different types of child support cases

When parents in Maryland first get involved with the child support system, they can often find the terminology and bureaucracy to be confusing. In addition, they may have unanswered questions about how exactly the system works. For example, some parents pay child support directly to each other while others make payments through a state system. In order to understand the reasons why cases are handled differently, it is important to know that there are four types of child support cases: IV-D, IV-A, IV-E and non-IV-D.

Keep control of your divorce with a cool head

When you're facing divorce, the last thing you want to think about is your spouse draining your accounts or taking all your assets. You bought the majority of the assets you have in your relationship, and it was you who worked hard to make sure your spouse was supported.

Dividing assets in divorce for couples in or near retirement

The details of a divorce can change significantly as couples age. For separations involving people near or in retirement, often referred to as "gray divorces," children are not usually an issue, but financial divisions become more important. It's crucial for couples in Maryland to understand how to properly divide up assets so that both parties will be comfortable once separated.