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More women initiate divorce; rates rising for older couples

Now that we are 13 years into the 21st century, enough data has been generated to establish marriage and divorce statistics over the last decade or so. There are several trends that have emerged. First, fewer people are choosing to get married which has led to a corresponding drop in divorce rates. Researchers think many are choosing to live together in long-term relationships rather than get married. Also, women have been found to initiate two-thirds of all divorces which is likely related to domestic abuse or no longer needing to rely on a man for financial stability. Lastly, data suggests that grey divorces, divorces between older couples, are on the rise.

Rupert Murdoch marriage termination example of high asset divorce

Divorce can be extremely difficult. Emotions run high and the two parties must deal with issues of debt, asset division, and, if children are involved, child custody and child support. There is a lot at stake in these instances, and in Maryland, if an agreement is not reached between the two parties, a court will likely seek equitable distribution of marital property. Yet, in cases of high asset divorce, equitable distribution may not be in a party's best interest.

Maryland churches seek to raise awareness of domestic violence

As followers of this blog know, a report was released a few weeks ago detailing the staggering prevalence of domestic violence and naming it the number one reason for women's injuries. Since this troubling news has been released, many Maryland churches and judges have taken steps to bring domestic abuse to light. Churches hope that their members will feel more comfortable talking to them than they would talking to law enforcement. At a meeting between local churches and judges, the two groups discussed how they could stop abuse while at the same time helping the victim.

Understanding child custody and the best interest of the child

Parents in Maryland may be interested to know more about the best interest standard when it comes to child custody. Historically, child custody rights were assigned almost exclusively along gender lines. While biology may have played a part, in reality, it was simply a reaction to the roles most couples adopted within their own homes. Today, however, gender no longer defines the duties and responsibilities of parents. In fact, the latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that nearly 71 percent of mothers are part of the workforce. While this may seem trivial, it can have a tremendous impact on the outcome of a divorce.

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