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November 2014 Archives

Don't lose an inheritance during a Maryland divorce

The process of dividing marital property is the focal point for many divorcing spouses in Maryland. This is understandable, as the outcome of this process will shape the financial futures of both spouses for many years to come. In most cases, spouses are entitled to an equitable division of assets. There are some instances, however, in which a portion of wealth was never intended to be shared between partners, and where one spouse feels strongly that these assets are left out of the divorce process.

"Equal" child custody may not be the best outcome

The manner in which child custody is handled in the American court system has seen a number of changes over the course of history. In the early days of our nation, men received full rights to their children in the event of a divorce. Later, the presumption was made that mothers hold superior nurturing abilities, and men were hard-pressed to obtain significant rights to their kids. Currently, courts in Maryland and beyond have signed on to the belief that child custody should be shared equally between divorcing parents, an idea that has received considerable criticism.

Revising one's finances after a Maryland divorce

Structuring the best possible divorce settlement involves a large degree of planning. For those Maryland spouses who are nearing retirement, an even greater level of attention must be paid to the division of marital wealth. Understanding where one needs to be financially is critical to reaching those goals, which is why the creation of a long-range post-divorce budget is one of the first tasks that should take place once the decision to divorce has been made.

Women should reduce stress during divorce

Ending a marriage is a challenging time in one's life. Aside from the emotional reaction to the end of the relationship, divorce also brings on a range of more practical challenges. In many ways, newly divorced individuals must begin anew, often without a clear understanding of how their new circumstances might look or feel. As a result, high levels of stress often accompany a Maryland divorce.