Mistakes Parents Make Before a Child Custody Battle

October 17, 2019

When you are considering divorce or when you find yourself in the middle of a divorce case and have minor children from your marriage, it is important to avoid certain actions prior to the determination of child custody. As you may know, Maryland law recognizes two kinds of child custody, which include legal custody and physical custody. When courts decide whether and how the parents will share in making important decisions about the child’s upbringing and where the child will live, courts use the standard of the “best interests of the child.” While courts in Maryland want to ensure children…Read More »

Do I Need to Help My Kids Maintain a Relationship with My Ex’s Family?

September 26, 2019

Breaking up is hard to do, and it can be especially difficult if you have children. Throughout your relationship with your ex, you were the one that made sure your children got to know both sides of the family. You invited people to birthday parties and dinners, you made the effort to attend family events, and you bought gifts for every holiday. Now that you’re not together, your ex doesn’t seem to care about making sure that your children see their grandparents, aunts and uncles, and other relatives with any regularity. And forget phone calls and sending gifts. You may…Read More »

Relocating with Children

September 25, 2019

After your divorce has been finalized and a child custody order has been entered, a change in life circumstances could mean you have the opportunity to move to a new area for a new job. Or, in some circumstances, a parent realizes he/she needs to move to a different city to care for an elderly relative. If you share joint physical custody of your minor child with the child’s other parent, it is important to know you cannot simply make the decision to relocate without going through steps required under Maryland law. More specifically, you will need to request a…Read More »

How Domestic Violence May Impact Your Divorce Case

September 24, 2019

Domestic violence is a common factor in many divorces. Whether you’ve suffered physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, or any combination at the hands of your spouse, there are several ways in which your divorce case may look different from one that doesn’t involve domestic violence. First & Foremost, Protect Your Safety & Your Children’s Safety The most important thing when dealing with domestic violence in a divorce case is to protect the safety of yourself and any children you may have. In 2009, the University of Arizona cross-referenced divorcing couples in Pima County, Arizona, with domestic violence call logs…Read More »

How to Plan for Retirement After Your Divorce

August 20, 2019

Your finances will probably be one of the complicated parts of a divorce in Maryland. Just like your family, your investments have a future — one that should be carefully considered. Please remember this is not legal advice. Your retirement strategy should come from a detailed analysis of your unique situation. Having a comfortable retirement after a divorce is often an attainable goal. Once people grow accustomed to their new routine after their divorce, people often find the final combination of lifestyle change, support agreements and property division results in a minimal impact. Many of your worries may be unfounded….Read More »

What to Do If Your Spouse Is Spying on You

July 29, 2019

Even in marriage, everyone has a reasonable right to privacy. This means your spouse should not spy on your private conversations, peek into your phone or computer, or follow you without your knowledge. However, a jealous spouse or one who’s trying to gather information for an upcoming appearance in divorce court may cross the line and invade your privacy. Why Do Spouses Spy? Some people are just jealous by nature. And if your spouse has been cheated on or lied to in the past, that could make the likelihood that they’ll resort to sneaking and spying much higher. Your spouse…Read More »

5 Tips for Navigating Divorce with a High-Conflict Spouse

June 27, 2019

Divorce is never easy, but it can be downright awful under the wrong conditions. While some bickering and arguing is expected during your divorce, if your spouse has a tendency to seek out things to pick at and fight about, you’re in for quite the ride. But just because your spouse seems to always be spoiling for a fight doesn’t mean your entire divorce process has to feel like you’re walking on eggshells. There are some things you can do to help decrease the risk and intensity of the clashes. Here are 5 tips for navigating divorce with a high-conflict…Read More »

Dividing a Business Interest During a Divorce

June 19, 2019

In a Maryland divorce, your marital business is handled according to a theory of equitable division. That means a judge considers various aspects, such as your respective contributions to the business, in order to make a fair split. This is opposed to some states, including Texas, California and Wisconsin, that would instead divide property 50/50. There are many things that could have an effect regarding dividing up your company besides your individual contributions. Please read on for a brief discussion of various scenarios and important concepts that could be relevant to your case. This is not specific legal advice. In…Read More »

Where Should I Live During My Divorce?

June 4, 2019

One of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make after deciding you’re ready for divorce is where you’ll live. You may want to get out of your marital home, but is that a good idea? Maybe you don’t want to give up the place you’ve grown to love. If you’re newly separated, here are some things you need to know when choosing where to live. Staying in the Marital Home Many divorcing couples, especially those with children, choose to have someone remain in the marital home. However, deciding who gets to stay and who leaves can be tricky. For many…Read More »

5 Key Parenting Plan Considerations to Remember if You Have a Child with Special Needs

April 12, 2019

Going through a divorce with children is never easy. It’s an uncertain, emotionally fraught time that can put everyone involved into upheaval. Custody must be determined, child support must be secured, and parents must learn how to work together to raise children in a logistical manner they never considered before. But for the parents of children with special needs, the divorce process is even more complicated. What may seem like a “simple” divorce under any other circumstances can quickly become complex as care plans, expensive medical treatment, and a need for routine have to come into play. Here are 5…Read More »