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Negotiated Maryland divorce can reap long-term benefits

Separating can be bitter and divisive. But divorce doesn't have to be that way. Sometimes choosing to negotiate openly and honestly with a spouse is the best course of dispute resolution for all concerned, especially the children.

Maryland Senator working for victims of domestic violence

A Maryland senator is pushing for the U.S. House to pass a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The legislation that has been passed in the Senate would provide around $660 million during a five-year period to fund numerous programs aimed at protecting domestic violence victims.

DOMA may create financial tangles in high asset divorce

A federal appeals court in Boston struck down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act recently. It ruled that by denying same-sex couples the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples, the federal statute violates the rights of married gay and lesbian couples to equal treatment under the law. In addition to creating headaches for same-sex couples during marriage, it can create equally significant issues in the event of divorce, especially in the distribution of marital property.

Collaboration vs. litigation for divorcing Maryland boomers

As baby boomers get ready to retire another phenomenon is occurring -- their divorce rate is increasing. Maryland residents may be interested to know that about one fourth of the divorces in the U.S. involved baby boomers in 2009. That was up from one in 10 in 1990.

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