When thinking about broaching the subject of a prenuptial agreement, many in Maryland fear that their significant other will interpret the conversation as a sign that the union is not expected to last. This is an outmoded way of thinking about this family law issue, however, and fails to acknowledge the many benefits that can come from the process of drafting a prenup. When a couple sits down and goes over their expectations, an even stronger bond can be formed, which can increase the chances that the marriage will be a success.
Maryland couples who go through a divorce are often focused on the process of dividing marital assets. Aside from child custody matters, property division is one of the most important aspects of divorce. The ramifications can have a huge impact on each spouse's financial stability in the years to come. For some couples, however, struggles over which party will retain the family pet eclipse family law disputes over strictly monetary assets.
Purchasing a home after divorce may seem daunting to some Maryland residents, but it certainly is not an impossible dream. Family law issues like property division can take into account the desire for divorcing spouses to buy homes in the future. Spouses currently going through this process may wish to negotiate provisions in the divorce decree that make it easier to buy homes in the future. In the event that this wasn't taken into consideration before a divorce was finalized, however, there are still steps to take to make a new home a reality.
With more and more Americans living a greater number of years, divorce and remarriages are becoming an increasing phenomenon. It is no surprise, then, that Maryland residents who find themselves contemplating remarriages are also considering steps that they can take to protect the number of assets they have accumulated over the years. Family law matters like these can be critical for those who have more assets by virtue of having lived longer than the stereotypical starry-eyed newlyweds.
We've discussed the growing trend in 'gray' divorce previously ('Divorce rates increasing among baby boomer population,' May 19, 2012), but focused on potential reasons behind the increase. The considerations for older Maryland couples who divorce can be different than those for younger couples due to factors such as increased marital assets and children being grown and out of the home. One recent report goes a step further than simply discussing why older people are divorcing more often and presents tips that baby boomers can consider when going through family law matters such as divorcing at a later stage in life.
Many Maryland men who are recovering alcoholics are currently being treated at the Samaritan House, a treatment center in Anne Arundel County that helps individuals caught up in substance abuse. Alcoholics and drug addicts desperately needed help with their addictions, and they are working to fight the stereotype that alcoholics and drug addicts are lazy or unproductive. Surprising statistics have recently shown that heroin overdose fatalities in Maryland grew by 41 percent in 2012 when compared to 2011. However, as many in Maryland have experienced, addiction can also cause the painful loss of a marriage and often can result in family law matters such as the loss of custody of children.
Many in Maryland have heard about the man that is said to owe approximately $1.2 million in back child support who was recently taken into custody by the U.S. Marshal's Service at a west coast airport. His case may become one of the most sensationalized family law cases that doesn't involve a celebrity. The man has allegedly avoided paying child support to his ex-wife with whom he has two children for over 10 years.
Maryland couples going through the divorce process likely know that there are many post-divorce considerations, which can become contentious. The family law areas of child support, child custody and visitation are of special concern for parents who are divorcing. What many couples may not consider is how their divorce will affect the upcoming holidays. How amicable and reasonable ex-spouses are with one another, and toward others, may influence how stressful the holidays are for everyone.
A new concept is entering the divorce field, which may have many couples feeling more confident when they go through a divorce. Now, more and more individuals trained in various areas such as finance and counseling are becoming divorce coaches, a concept which may take the family law arena by storm. By providing services in conjunction with legal representation, these divorce coaches may be a helpful component to success. Rockville couples considering divorce may find that the help of a divorce coach benefits their divorce proceeding and provides expertise in personal areas outside the scope of the legal aspects of divorce.
There are many issues that may come up during a divorce -- some more contested than others. For example, division of the marital property may not be easy when neither spouse can agree on who keeps the house. Moreover, cases involving custody of a child or children can be particularly difficult, especially when the divorcing couple disagree on the child's best interests. However, Maryland residents may be interested to know that there are more and more cases involving pet custody in family law courts across the nation.