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Preparing to tell your kids about your divorce

If you and your spouse have decided to divorce, you may have many concerns about the future. You may be concerned with splitting up your possessions, adjusting your budget to fit a single income and navigating mutual relationships. If you are a parent, you may also be concerned about telling your kids that you have decided to pursue a divorce.

When deployment interferes with child custody disputes

When the men and women of the U.S. armed forces are deployed, they leave their families behind in order to serve the nation as a whole. They place their faith and trust in the idea that their families will be fine when they are gone. But sometimes, tragedy strikes. A family member dies or becomes ill while the service member is deployed. A natural disaster destroys his or her home. A judge insists that the service member must either return home or lose custody of his or her child.

Considerations for divorced parents thinking about relocating

If you are divorced or divorcing, it is important that you carefully consider several matters before attempting to relocate your child outside his or her current hometown and/or school district. Judges within the family law system are required to adjudicate matters of child custody and visitation in the affected child’s best interest. Therefore, if your relocation is not in your child’s best interest, your child’s other parent may have grounds to contest your move.

Listen up, divorced parents!

Several days ago, we wrote about how to make your co-parenting relationship less stressful. However, it is also important to educate yourself on how to make life less stressful for your child in the wake of divorce. No matter how your child custody arrangements are constructed, if you have chosen to remain in your child’s life, there are a few things that you may benefit from considering if you want to make your child’s life even healthier and happier than it is now.

How parents can co-parent more successfully and less stressfully

Co-parenting can be a stressful process. Even if both parents have their child’s best interests at heart and generally get along with their former romantic partner, the very act of trying to coordinate two separate households in ways that benefit everyone can be frustrating and somewhat exhausting. Thankfully, there are a few things that you can do to make your co-parenting relationship less stressful and more effective generally, no matter how your child custody arrangements are structured.

Does conscious uncoupling help or harm healthy co-parenting?

Over the past several weeks, the term "conscious uncoupling" has been receiving a great deal of media attention. Though she did not coin this term, Gwyenth Paltrow helped to make it famous when she used it to describe how she is approaching her split from her husband. Whether you are intrigued or annoyed by the idea of conscious uncoupling, it is worth examining if you are struggling with your own approach to divorce, a frustrating child custody situation or both.

Woman loses child custody for prescription drug abuse

Many Maryland parents who are going through a divorce know the difficulties faced when battling for child custody. Though oftentimes this issue can be settled amicably, other times parents seem to throw each other under the bus in an effort to make their home look more suitable for their children. While this strategy is sometimes used to negligently make false allegations, in many cases it can paint a clear picture of how the child's parents live, thereby giving a judge a chance to make a decision that best supports the child's best interest.

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.

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.

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