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How to help children cope with divorce

Divorcing parents in Maryland and around the country often enter into property division and spousal support discussions with very firm objectives. However, they are generally able to put whatever animosity they feel aside when the welfare of their children is at stake. There are steps that parents can take to give their children a better chance of emerging from the divorce experience emotionally unscathed.

Study finds cohabitation an indicator for divorce

Living together prior to marriage has become a normal arrangement for couples across Maryland and the United States, but a study has shown that this practice is linked to higher rates of divorce over time. The Journal of Marriage and Family has published a study called "Cohabitation Experience and Cohabitation's Association With Marital Dissolution" that examined over 200,000 years of combined marriage data in six waves from the National Surveys of Family Growth.

Personality traits that could endanger a marriage

Certain personality traits may increase the likelihood that Maryland spouse will get a divorce. For example, one problem trait is materialism. A spouse who constantly wants to buy more could put their marriage in danger. Catastrophizing is also a dangerous personality trait. This involves blowing small things out of proportion.

Tax law changes affecting child support, exemptions and alimony

Parents in Maryland who are planning to get a divorce will soon have to do so without the added benefits of certain personal and dependent exemptions. This is because the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) will have a noticeable impact on child support and alimony when it officially goes into effect starting in 2019. In addition to cutting the value of certain exemptions, the TCJA increases standard deductions across all filing status options, including single and Head of Household (HOH).

A divorce late in life poses added risks

Even when a Maryland couple realizes it's the right thing to do under the circumstances, divorce is tough on all those involved. In addition to the paralyzing emotional issues to contend with, financial assets must be split and two separate households formed. As problematic as this is for those in their prime earning years, it's often more difficult for couples approaching retirement age.