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Factors that frequently contribute to decision to divorce

The reasons that Maryland couples decide to end their marriages vary but sometimes depend on people's backgrounds. Relationship quality exerts a large influence, but personal histories can also alter the odds of a person choosing to get a divorce. For example, research has identified children of divorced parents as being at a higher risk of divorce. Daughters of divorced parents experience a 60 percent greater likelihood of dissolving their marriages than people raised by married parents. The divorce risk rises by 35 percent for sons of divorced parents.

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 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.

More flexible child custody arrangements on the rise

Attitudes towards fathers' roles in parenting are changing, and with this change comes a change in child custody agreements. Parents in Maryland and throughout the country are increasingly coming up with creative arrangements that put the child's needs first and allow both parents to remain significant presences in their children's lives.

Legislative changes favor shared custody

Maryland parents going through divorce and child custody issues are increasingly looking toward shared custody. Also called co-parenting, it involves each parent sharing approximately 50 percent of custody time. While modern courts tend to look on shared custody favorably, a number of legislators are hoping to make it a legal presumption, even in cases where parents disagree.

Custody and co-parenting tips for fathers

Maryland fathers who are seeking custody or visitation time with their children after a divorce might want to think about what they will request and why. Being able to clearly articulate a reason why a certain plan for custody is the best one will be important whether the father needs to persuade the other parent in negotiations or a judge during litigation. The plan should take the work schedules of the parents into account, but ultimately, it must also be in the best interests of the child.

Establishing rules for separate households

Maryland parents who are ending their marriage will need to discuss how to proceed with their parenting plan. Most parents want to give their children as much stability and security as possible when the family structure changes so drastically and one way to provide this is by establishing rules that will be effect in both parents' homes. This provides constancy and normalcy for children who are already dealing with the major changes a divorce brings.

The need for shared parenting for working moms

Maryland parents may not know that Canada has a much higher ratio of women working than the United States. There are a variety of reasons for this, but one may be the way that child custody decisions are made by divorce courts. Historically, courts in the majority of cases have awarded sole or primary physical custody to mothers.

Planning for recurring child-related expenses

In Maryland, many divorce cases involve parents who share children. When parents are planning to divorce, they may want to think about who will be responsible to pay for the children's expenses for things such as returning to school and extracurricular activities. By including these types of issues in parenting plans, the exes may avoid future disagreements.

Child custody issues can arise in unexpected situations

In Maryland, child custody issues can often arise at unexpected times and places. While many people associate custody with divorce, there are many types of concerns for families that could lead them to develop a custody plan for their children. One example that has been seen across the country is that of undocumented immigrants fearing detention and deportation.