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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.

The facts about how long it may take to finalize a divorce

It's only natural for anybody in Maryland seeking a divorce to wonder how long the process may take. There is no straightforward answer since many factors will play a role in what's involved with the process. However, there are some basic guidelines that can be used to get a general idea of what to expect. For instance, a couple with no kids and very little assets may have to do nothing more than file the necessary paperwork. This type of divorce could be over as soon as the waiting period is through.

Retirement benefits for keeping the home in a divorce

Many Maryland couples who are considering divorce or going through the process might be surprised to hear financial experts recommend that it is best to get rid of the family home. For many people, the family home has strong emotional ties that are hard to break. According to financial experts, the home might be a burden at the beginning of life after divorce, particularly if the owner is struggling to make the mortgage payments.

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.

Child support debt accrues while a parent is unemployed

A child support order is typically based on the wages of both parents when the order goes into effect. If the parent paying support loses their job, there are a couple of options available to them. It's important for Maryland parents to understand that their obligation doesn't stop while they are unemployed. Being proactive may help a noncustodial parent avoid the consequences associated with nonpayment.

Gray Divorces Are on the Rise

Across Maryland and the rest of the United States, the overall divorce rate has stabilized in recent years. After years of a steady increase in divorces, this figure now remains steady. However, the divorce rate for couples over fifty is an anomaly, having dramatically increased in recent years. These so-called 'gray divorces" now account for one out of every four divorces nationwide.

Planning for college expenses after divorce

For many Maryland parents, planning for their children's college education may be a costly and burdensome process. This can be exacerbated in the case of a divorce, especially when parents are dealing with many other significant financial concerns during asset and property division. Whether a couple is well-off or struggling for funds, a divorce can be an important time to revisit financial planning decisions about higher education and other key issues that can arise for family finances.

How to avoid excessive legal fees during a divorce

When Maryland residents think about the financial implications of divorce, many focus on how dividing property, bank accounts, and other assets as well as alimony and child support payments will impact their finances. However, the expense of the actual divorce is often overlooked. Depending on the particulars of the divorce, it can cost between $5,000 to over $1 million to get divorced in the United States.

Prenuptial agreements can help protect family wealth

Prenuptial agreements can be an important concern for people in Maryland heading into marriage with significant family wealth. Unless the concept of a prenup was regularly discussed by and normalized in the family, many people may feel awkward, uncomfortable or mistrustful raising the issue of such an agreement. At times, parents may try to force their children into a prenuptial agreement, creating even more stress. This could be the case even when the parents are well-intended and looking to protect family wealth from being divided unnecessarily.