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Study shows Montgomery Co. abusers not made aware of consequences

A new study shows Montgomery County Circuit Court Judges may not be doing enough to ensure victims of domestic violence are protected and their abusers are aware of the consequences of their actions. The report, conducted by Montgomery Court Watch, showed during 47% of hearings, a judge failed to tell an abuser he could go to jail for violating a protective order, during 55% of hearings alleged abusers were not informed they must give up any guns they may have, and during 35% of hearings the court failed to follow safety procedures implemented to keep women safe, such as preventing an alleged abuser from leaving the courthouse at the same time as the victim.

Collaborative law may help avoid divorce pitfalls

There is no doubt that getting divorced can be tremendously tough. After spending years building a life together, it may be difficult for a couple to come to agreements on how to split assets and time with children. Sometimes, especially when couples cannot get along, litigation is necessary to resolve these disputes. Many times, though, litigation is unnecessary and issues revolving around property division, spousal support, child custody, child support, and visitation rights can all be settled through negotiation.

Maryland politician tackles domestic violence issue

With the next Maryland gubernatorial election not too far in the distance, politicians are developing the platforms on which they will run. Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown is seeking to make domestic violence one of his issues, and he has proposed several ideas to help combat these physically and emotionally devastating crimes.

Divorce mediation may help reach a fair dispute resolution

There are a lot of sources a divorcing individual can turn to for advice. The internet abounds with articles and divorce books line the shelves at book stores. Some of this advice is sound while some is not. To cut through the cloud of uncertainty and get a clearer picture of his own situation, a divorcing party should consult a divorce attorney. However, one celebrity attorney is out with a new book that provides helpful suggestions for all, including those in Maryland.

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