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October 2013 Archives

Famous music producer's wife files for divorce

For many, divorce is extremely difficult. The emotional toll taken on the parties involved can be immense, which may cause serious outbursts, arguments, and depression. On top of the pain and difficulty caused by the thought of ending a marriage, a couple must also deal with the realities of asset division. The division of property can be difficult for any divorcing couple, but it can be especially complex for those dealing with a high asset divorce.

Community college tires to raise domestic abuse awareness

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and one Maryland community college is playing its part. A local event related to the national Clothesline Project seeks to raise awareness of domestic violence issues by having individuals wear T-shirts with messages which are later hung in public spaces. The community college's officials cited statistics gathered by IMA World Health showing one in three women and one in four men will experience gender abuse, stalking, or sexual assault by a close partner as a reason why raising awareness is so important. Students of both genders took part in the project, which they hope will show that domestic violence can affect anybody.

Many turning to collaborative law to avoid ugly divorce

Believe it or not, marriage dissolution does not have to involve grueling litigation where the parties scratch and claw for whatever they can get out of the divorce. Instead, a divorcing couple can seek to amicably end the marriage so they can each go their separate ways on peaceful terms and with the feeling that a fair resolution was reached. One of the best ways to achieve this type of departure and to avoid unruly arguments is to use a collaborative practice.

Governor O'Malley forms commission to study child custody law

Readers of this blog know divorce can bring on a whole host of hotly contested legal issues. A splitting couple might fight over how to divide property, arrange child support, and whether spousal support is necessary. But one issue this is often at the forefront of parents' concerns is child custody. Many parental issues along with past and present parenting ability can come into play when a determination is to be made. While this area of law is focused on the child's best interest, the state of Maryland is looking into whether the law is functioning properly.

New survey details extent of domestic violence

A new study shows disturbing facts about domestic violence. According to a poll conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications, 22 percent of Americans have been a victim of domestic abuse. This number equates to an estimated 54 million Americans who report falling victim to domestic violence. Of that 54 million, the study estimates one out of every three women suffers from domestic violence. Also concerning, the survey found 57 percent of Americans have not discussed domestic or sexual abuse with their friends and only 58 percent of victims told someone about their abusive situation.

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