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Bethesda MD Family Law Blog

Discuss important points for a child custody case

We recently discussed some methods you can use to help your children cope with the divorce. You have to think about your child's needs and emotions when you are going through a divorce. Your children's well being should be at the heart of all the decisions you make regarding the divorce, and child custody in particular.

We understand that you have some specific points you feel need to be addressed in the child custody case. Before you go into the first proceeding for the child custody matters, you should make a list of the points you want to attend to. This will help keep things on track as you work on getting the child custody agreement together.

Help your children work through learning about your divorce

A divorce is a major event for the adults involved, but it can often feel like the end of the world for children who are involved. Parents must take steps to help their children work through the issues that are caused by the divorce.

There are several ways that parents can help children cope with the divorce. The first of these starts at the moment that you decide the marriage is over. You shouldn't try to discount what is going on. Instead, let the children know what is happening. Discuss the future with them. Let the children know how life is going to change. This can help the child to prepare for the changes that are forthcoming.

Divorce might be unexpected but you can still plan efficiently

Going through a divorce impacts your life in many ways. You have to get accustomed to claiming that someone is your ex-spouse instead of saying that he or she is your spouse. If you are a woman, you have to decide if you are going to change your name back to your maiden name. Other things also have to be considered and thought about.

We know that this might be a journey you never thought that you would have to embark upon. We are here to help you learn about the process so that you can make decisions that are in your best interests. This includes decisions about child custody, property division, alimony or other considerations that come with the end of a marriage.

Maryland divorce laws: What does it mean to be a no-fault state?

It's difficult, if not impossible, to put the blame on one person for causing the failure of a Maryland marriage. Some individuals do cause their marriages to end -- perhaps through infidelity, substance abuse or some inappropriate or unlawful behavior. However, even in these situations, the lines can get blurry. Once the name-calling and finger-pointing start, both sides of a marriage could come up with reasons why the other person was to blame for the end of their marriage.

To avoid the confusion and difficulty of blaming one side or the other for the loss of a loving relationship, the state of Maryland is a "no fault" divorce state. As such, married spouses who want a divorce do not need to prove or allege any wrongdoing on the part of the other spouse to receive court approval for their divorces.

Emotional abuse can be a very real problem in a relationship

Many people think that physical abuse is the only kind of spousal abuse that is covered under family law. This isn't the case. You can take action if you are being emotionally abused by your spouse.

Even though the effects of emotional abuse aren't easy to spot, it is possible that you will experience it. This is a serious form of spousal abuse because it can cause you to feel depressed or have low self-esteem. You don't have to deal with emotional abuse.

What should I do to protect digital assets in a divorce?

When you are going to get married, you probably think a lot about how to make sure that everything goes smoothly. One issue that you might not have thought about is how you can keep your digital assets safe.

You might decide that you want a prenuptial agreement before you get married. This can work in your favor if you are dealing with digital assets because you can include those assets in the prenuptial agreement so they are protected if the marriage ends.

How can a nonmarital agreement protect me?

When you are in a relationship with someone, you might decide to move in together. This is a risk for you and that person because you never know if it will work out. People who are married when they move in together have certain responsibilities to each other.

If you want any legal responsibilities between you and your significant other, you need to enter into a nonmarital agreement. This is an agreement that is created by you and your significant other, signed by both parties and used to govern various aspects of the relationship.

Learn how a restraining order might help you remain safe

Domestic violence isn't an issue that is easy to deal with. The matter often pulls families apart. If you are the victim of domestic violence, your safety and the safety of your children has to be your absolute top priority. Even if taking the steps to get out of the situation seems too difficult, you might have to propel yourself forward so you can do what is best for you and your children.

We know that you might have some concerns about what will happen when you leave. We can't give you a firm answer about that because each situation is unique. What we can do is offer you guidance about what legal solutions are out here to help you remain safe.

Make your plan to leave an abusive relationship

Domestic violence is a serious matter that you have to think carefully about. If you are the victim of domestic violence, you might be trying to decide if you are going to leave or not. Typically, the choice comes down to how much more abuse can you take and how prepared you are to leave.

Making a plan to leave the situation might not be something pleasant to do, but it is necessary. Just because you make the plan doesn't mean that you have to leave right now. Instead, it gives you something to fall back on if you have to leave in a hurry.

Use the time you have with your child to build a relationship

Visitation is a huge part of child custody cases. You and your child need time together so you can build and maintain a relationship. This can't happen if you aren't able to see your child. As we discussed in a previous blog post, visitation schedules vary from one case to the next. The important thing to remember is that your child's best interests must remain at the heart of the case.

When you think about visitation, you have to think about how you can make that time with your child special. Think about the things your child enjoys so that you can use that to build plans for your time together.