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Seeking sole child custody can be hard, but being prepared is key

Several things may go through the minds of Maryland residents who are considering a divorce. How the couple will divide their assets, whether spousal support should be paid, and where one will live after the divorce is finalized can become all consuming concerns. Yet, often the first priority for those who have children and are considering divorce is child custody. While there are many types of custody arrangements, including joint custody and equal visitation, for some, sole custody may be best.

Recent arrest shows effectiveness of protection order

Domestic violence is a sad, unfortunate occurrence throughout Maryland. Arguments and fights can break out between spouses, friends, neighbors or family members and can cover a variety of issues, some major and some very minor. Yet, regardless of what a dispute arises out of, it can quickly escalate, putting an individual in danger. When this happens, the individual afraid for his or her well-being should call 9-1-1 as quickly as possible to receive immediate protection.

Collaborative law may be best for children of divorcing couples

On this blog we often discuss how collaborative law can assist individuals going through a divorce reach an amicable resolution. Discussions often revolve around the team of professionals who can help the couple settle issues of property division, spousal support, child custody, visitation rights and child support. Yet, the approach taken in a divorce not only affects the two parties involved. Children, too, can be affected.

Bettering economy may lead to more Maryland divorces

Last week on this blog we discussed the rise in divorce rates seen during the beginning of the calendar year. A new study has shown the economy, too, may play a part in whether or not couples decide to seek a divorce. The study, to be published in Population Research and Policy review, discovered that 150,000 fewer marriages were dissolved than expected between 2009 and 2011. While some experts saw a decreased divorce rate during the Great Recession as a silver lining, the fact may have been that couples were simply waiting until they could afford to divorce. This can be seen as divorce rates have steadily began to climb in the past couple years.

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