I’ve Just Been Served with Divorce Papers. What Do I Do Now?

May 30, 2018

You’ve just answered the knock at the door to be greeted by a process server, who hands you divorce papers. Whether this moment was a surprise to you or not, you may be unsure of what to do now. You’ve just been served with divorce papers. What now? The first thing you must do after being served with divorce papers is decide how you will respond. There is a limited amount of time to respond to the initial divorce papers, usually no more than 30 days. [1] If you’re going to hire an attorney, now is a good time to…Read More »

7 Money Mistakes to Avoid During a Divorce

May 15, 2018

Divorce can easily become an expensive process, especially for one that lasts months or years. It can become tempting to radically change things about your life and living situation during the divorce process, but there are some changes you shouldn’t make or should make with extreme caution. Here are 7 money mistakes to avoid making during your divorce: Making Rash Financial Decisions You’re going to have to live your life in the midst of a divorce, and that means spending money. Spending money on food, daily necessities, even vacations and gifts is fine, but there are some money decisions you…Read More »

7 Important Questions to Ask Your Divorce Attorney

April 30, 2018

Your first meeting with a divorce attorney is important. It helps you get a sense of whether you feel the attorney will have your back during your legal proceedings, and gives you crucial information about what you will need to do as your case progresses. But your first meeting, especially if your decision to divorce is still very new, can also be emotional and stressful. Remembering everything you need to ask in order to help you choose the right attorney for your needs can be difficult. Here are 7 important questions you need to ask your divorce attorney during your first…Read More »

5 Tips for Rebuilding Your Social Life after Divorce

April 26, 2018

One of the things many recently separated or divorced people worry about is how their new relationship status will impact their social lives. Losing a marriage can mean giving up shared friendships or family bonds, which can be devastating for some people, compounding the emotional impact of the divorce. Though it may seem like a daunting task, it is possible to rebuild your social life after a divorce. Here are 5 tips for getting back out there and fostering new relationships: Let Yourself Mourn Before you can begin to move forward, you have to learn to let go of the past….Read More »

How Will My Divorce Impact My Retirement Benefits?

April 12, 2018

Many divorcing couples focus all their time and effort deciding how to divide up the easily liquidated assets – house, cars, bank accounts – and forget to address retirement accounts or other issues that may present themselves down the road. Make no mistake about it: Your divorce will affect your retirement benefits. But the question is how much?  Pension Plans, 401(K)s, and Other Contribution Plans As long as you were contributing to your retirement plan during your marriage, you will have to share at least some portion of your retirement benefits with your former spouse. Exactly how much you need to share…Read More »

Considering Remarriage? Important Things to Consider

April 10, 2018

You’ve finally found the love of your life. You are happy and confident in your relationship, but one or both of you have gone through a divorce. What does that mean for you moving forward to marriage? Remarrying after divorce can be tricky. The main factors you’ll want to consider are how it will affect your children and how it may impact your assets. Consider Your Assets Your assets are important. Both you and your significant other have worked hard for what you each possess, and your kids have expectations regarding those assets as well. Consider talking to a family…Read More »

4 Important Reasons To Not DIY Divorce

April 7, 2018

You and your spouse have decided you’re ready to divorce, and you have come to an amicable agreement about everything you can think of – child support, child custody, division of property. It can be tempting to file all the divorce paperwork on your own, saving the money you would spend on an attorney. Before you do that, here are 4 important reasons to not get a do-it-yourself divorce: Know Your Rights All the anecdotal evidence in the world cannot trump truly knowing your legal rights when it comes to child custody, child support, alimony, and division of property and debts in…Read More »

3 Key Considerations for High Net Worth Couples During Divorce

February 22, 2018

Regardless of individual circumstances, divorce can be a stressful, painful process. Because of the large amount of property and assets involved, couples with a high net worth can easily become embroiled in complicated, prolonged divorces. Here are three key things high net worth couples need to remember when getting divorced: Find All the Assets When a large number of assets and property is involved, it is important to get a full handle on everything owned by each spouse and jointly as a couple. This includes all real estate, vehicles, business interest, stocks, bank accounts, and retirement plans. Begin by sitting…Read More »

Do I Need To Wait Until I’m Officially Divorced To Date Again? 5 Things To Consider

February 12, 2018

You and your spouse have decided to divorce, and now you’re working on rebuilding your life. As you start over, you may consider beginning to date again. But is it wise to take up a new relationship before your divorce is finalized? Here are 5 things to consider before you make the decision to hop back into the dating pool while separated: Are YOU ready? Just because your relationship has ended doesn’t mean you’re ready – emotionally, mentally, or even physically – to move immediately into a new relationship. This is an especially important question to give some real thought…Read More »

I’m Not Married To My Child’s Other Parent. What Are My Rights in Maryland Family Courts?

February 5, 2018

If you are the parent of a child in Maryland seeking a child support or custody agreement, but you were not married to the child’s other parent, the law gives you certain rights and privileges regarding your future relationship with your child. What Does Maryland Law Say About Unmarried Parents? In general, child custody laws in Maryland for unmarried parents operate the same as those for married couples with children, with the main exception being that, for unmarried couples, paternity must be established before the case moves forward. There are several ways this can be determined, including a man being…Read More »