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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.

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.

Divorcing an angry ex requires thought and planning

In our past couple of blog posts, we've discussed domestic violence and how this can impact a marriage. We discussed how people who are victims of domestic violence might choose to file for a restraining order against their alleged abuser. We also discussed how domestic violence might impact your divorce. If your case includes claims of domestic violence, you should review those posts. But, what if your case doesn't involve abuse but does include an angry ex?

Carefully consider the points in a prenuptial agreement

Prenuptial agreements are something that many engaged couples overlook simply because of the perceived "ick" factor that comes to mind. These individuals don't want to think about the end of the marriage before the marriage begins. Even if you fall into this mode of thinking, you should still consider a prenup if you have assets or debts coming into the marriage.

Know your options when you are surprised by divorce

Going through a divorce isn't easy, especially if you didn't have any idea that your ex was going to end the marriage. If you are in this position, you might need a crash course in getting a divorce. The first thing that you should know is that your focus should be on rebuilding your life. It is easy to fall into thinking that you should get even with your ex, but this might make you miserable and take away too much of your energy. Instead, focus on yourself and let your ex deal with the consequences of ending the marriage.

Common divorce terms that you should know

A divorce is a time when you will have to make decisions based on what you know. You can't think that everything is going to be smooth sailing during the divorce. Instead, you should take a proactive stance and get ready to ensure that your new life starts out in the best way possible. Knowing some of the basic terms that you might hear during the divorce can help you to better understand each option that is presented to you.

Considering forms of wealth during a divorce

It is often very difficult for people who are going through a divorce to think about how their finances are going to be affected. Some people might be worried about moving down to one income and still being able to afford the lifestyle they are accustomed to. While these are valid concerns, divorce is a time when you should take a few moments to take stock of the wealth that you have as you start your new life.

Think carefully about your options during a divorce

Divorce can be an infuriating event, especially if you didn't see it coming or if your ex's infidelity was the reason for the divorce. In our previous blog post, we warned people who are going through a divorce not to air out their dirty laundry on social media. This advice rings true no matter what circumstances are present in the divorce. The last thing that you need is a post or tweet that you though was innocent coming back to bite you during the divorce.