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 »

How Lying About Your Finances in Your Divorce Can Hurt You – And How You Can Avoid Problems

December 20, 2017

Finances can be one of the main points of contention in a marriage – and in a divorce. In contested divorces, and even in some uncontested divorces, each party is required to fill out and file a financial affidavit with the court. This is a self-reported document that includes information such as income, assets, average expenditures, and debts. It helps all parties get an idea of where final assets and debts should be distributed upon final separation. Because these documents rely solely on self-reported figures, there can be the temptation to fib a little – or a lot – about…Read More »

Dividing Property in Divorce: What’s Separate & What’s Marital?

November 27, 2017

In a divorce, dividing up property is much more complicated than figuring out who gets to keep the good china and who takes the comfy recliner. There are many factors to consider, including who purchased the property, when it was purchased, and whether the other spouse contributed to the upkeep of said property. Property in a divorce falls into two main categories: Separate and marital. What is the difference between separate property and marital property? Separate property is property that either was acquired prior to the marriage, after the date of separation, or property that is exempted from being considered…Read More »

5 Tips for Navigating Holidays for Blended Families

November 16, 2017

The holidays are full of wonderful things – gifts, good food, carols, nights by the fire, and family time. But the desire to have that “perfect” holiday season can cause a great deal of stress for parents, especially those with blended families. Here are 5 things to remember when navigating a holiday season that’s full of step relatives, parenting time changes, and potential conflict: Plan Ahead You can’t possibly do everything you want to do in a holiday season, even under ideal household conditions. But planning becomes even more important when you have to navigate multiple households and changes of…Read More »

Easing Tension During Divorce: 5 Key Tips

November 6, 2017

In the midst of a divorce, even the easiest of conversations with your ex can be fraught with tension. The person who was once your closest ally has become a potential enemy, sometimes opposing your ideas just because. Every conversation doesn’t have to involve a huge emotional expenditure. Here are 5 key tips for helping to decrease stress during a divorce: Keep Communications To Email or Text Though communicating in person or over the phone is considered best, when in the midst of a contentious divorce it may be best to take a step back and use less personal forms…Read More »

Marital vs. Non-Marital Debt: Who Owes What?

October 31, 2017

You and your spouse have come to the conclusion that it’s time to go your separate ways and file for divorce. You’ve figured out who gets the cars, the house, the furniture, even the blender someone bought you for your wedding. But when it comes to debts, how do you split those? Debt Incurred Before Marriage In Maryland, debts incurred prior to a marriage are not considered marital debt. Md. Code Ann., Family Law, §4-301. That means your spouse’s car payment, credit card debt, or student loans that were taken out prior to your marriage **will not** be your responsibility…Read More »

Tips for Telling School-Aged Children About Divorce

September 3, 2017

You and your spouse have come to the conclusion that it is time to end your marriage. There are many decisions that must be made and details to be ironed out. Visitation schedules, decision-making responsibilities, and division of marital assets must all be determined. But perhaps chief in your minds at the early stages of a divorce is when to tell your school-aged children. The change will affect them greatly and, once they know, their lives will never be the same. Though there’s no secret formula that can make telling your children easy or perfect, there are a few things…Read More »

The Monster in the Closet- Alcohol Dependent Spouses

March 28, 2017

Marriages are often faced with many challenges. From figuring out how to manage money and how many children to have, to who is going to do the dishes, we have all experienced them. Some challenges may be obvious, but some may be so cleverly disguised or hidden. It is stated that nearly 17 million adults in the United States have alcohol-related problems. “Alcohol remains the number-one drug problem in the United States.” [1] With this kind of shocking statistic, it is not uncommon to see marriages affected and divorces finalized as a result. You may be wondering how to determine…Read More »