The Emotional Ride of Infidelity

In today’s society, couples get married for a number of different reasons. Some of these motivators include finances, companionship, to have children and of course, for love. Although any of these might provide the initial incentive to walk down the aisle, it doesn’t always guarantee a happy ending. A study done by the Associated Press, “Journal of Marital and Family Therapy,” indicates that 41% of all men and women will cheat on their spouse. [2] If you are dealing with infidelity then your most pressing question is, “How can I understand my feelings and move towards a solution?” In order…

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Custody Disputes Involving a Child with Autism

When custody disputes involve an autistic child, additional factors and individual needs should be considered. It is important for all those involved to understand what autism is and what concerns may be important when litigating a case in court, discussing settlement, or representing a child with autism. What is Autism? Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a serious developmental disability impairing one’s ability to communicate and interact. According to The Centers for Disease Control, “ASD is a developmental disability that causes substantial impairments in social interaction and communication and the presence of unusual behaviors and interests. The thinking and…

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Mistakes Witnesses Make (And How To Avoid Them)

A great witness can be the difference between losing and winning a case. So can a harmful witness. So how can you make sure you are on the correct side of this line? Here are a few pointers I have developed over my many years working with witnesses. Mistake #1: Lack of Preparation It is tempting to think that since all you are doing is telling your story, preparation is not really necessary. There are several problems with this line of reasoning – primarily that the other side is doing just the opposite. Although you are telling your story, there…

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New Mutual Consent Divorce in Maryland as of October 2015

On October 1, 2015, Maryland enacted the “mutual consent” grounds for divorce. The new statute was signed by Governor Hogan on May 12, 2015 and stipulates several criteria for Maryland to grant an absolute divorce decree without the standard one year separation requirement that the parties to live separate and apart from each other. [1] Criteria for “Mutual Consent” Divorce in Maryland In order for the divorce to be granted on grounds of “mutual consent”, the following criteria must be met (as outlined in the statute): The parties do not have any minor children in common. The parties execute and…

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7 Challenges and Considerations to Keep in Mind when Representing Non-English Speaking Clients

Although traditionally America is a very monolingual society, the percentage of our non-English speaking population, or those with limited knowledge of the English language, is growing rapidly.  In fact, the number of people in the U.S. who speak a language other than English at home has nearly tripled over the past three decades![1] As attorneys, we are often faced with the challenge of representing such individuals with different linguistic background from the court and potentially ourselves. As a bilingual (Spanish/English) attorney, I have experienced these challenges on numerous occasions and can offer my insight when you are faced with such…

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Coping With a Spouse Who Has PTSD

PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, is a psychiatric disorder that can develop after a person experiences or witnesses a life-threatening event such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical/sexual assault as an adult or child. Following one of these traumatic experiences, it is natural for a person to feel afraid, sad, anxious, or disconnected. But if these feelings don’t fade away and you are stuck with a constant feeling of danger, you may be suffering from PTSD. The symptoms of PTSD can make it very difficult to maintain a healthy, happy relationship. Normal arguments can turn…

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How to Cope With a Bipolar Spouse

Bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) is a mental condition that is characterized by unusual shifts in mood, as well as fluctuations in energy and activity levels. Millions of Americans are affected by bipolar disorder, and it can have a serious impact on their lives. Similarly, bipolar disorder can put strain on a relationship. When one partner in a relationship is affected by the disorder, it can be nearly as difficult for the other partner as it is for the patient themselves. The sudden shifts from depression to mania, and vice versa, can lead to emotional withdrawal, unexpected outbursts,…

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How to Cope With ADHD in Your Relationship

ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a neurobehavioral developmental disorder that affects a large number of people. It is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder that starts during childhood, and often continues into adulthood. The symptoms of ADHD can make it difficult to maintain a healthy relationship. These symptoms include: Difficulty Getting Organized People with ADHD may have trouble organizing and prioritizing parts of their lives. Additional responsibilities such as bills, jobs, and children, can make organization even more difficult. Easily Distracted Hampering attention, adult ADHD can often lead people to become easily distracted. The smallest thing may distract…

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The Harm Caused to Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

Domestic violence refers to an ongoing experience of physical, psychological, and/or sexual abuse in the home. It is used to establish power and control over another person. The bulk of conducted studies have focused on the effect of domestic violence on the primary victim, and only recently has awareness been growing as to the effect on secondary victims, mainly, children. Children who are exposed to domestic violence may witness it in a few different ways: They may see actual physical and/or sexual abuse They may hear threats of violence or sounds of fighting from another room They may be aware…

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The Harm Caused by Parents Who Argue in Front of Their Children

One opinion rarely touched on by authors discussing the negative effects of parents arguing in front of their children is that the damage could be made worse when parents stay in unhappy marriages. Parents who pursue neither help nor separation tend to argue more and more, which can be increasingly harmful if it is done in the presence of the children. It would be almost impossible for parents to never argue, fight, or disagree in front of their children. Sooner or later it is bound to happen. The best case scenario is that when you do have a disagreement, you…

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