Of course, everyone hopes that after their divorce is finalized, their ex-spouse will comply with the terms they've agreed upon. However, too often, that's not the case. Fortunately, there are legal steps that you can take if your ex isn't living up to the terms -- whether it involves child or spousal support, visitation or custody or any other matter spelled out in your documents. A divorce decree, after all, is a court order.
Many of our readers have heard that the number of people divorcing in their 50s and older is increasing. This phenomenon (somewhat unflatteringly named "gray divorce") is occurring even as divorce among all other age groups is decreasing. About 25 percent of all divorces in this country involve at least one spouse who is over 50.
Famous men cheating on their spouses with the nanny seems to have become almost cliche. Just this year, there have been reports that actor/director Ben Affleck and singer Gavin Rossdale's had extramarital relationships with their children's nannies that contributed to the break-up of their marriages to their famous wives (Jennifer Garner and Gwen Stefani). Then there are the cases of actors Robin Williams and Ethan Hawke who ended up marrying their children's nannies.
Divorce impacts all aspects of your life, including your investments. The divorce process is emotional -- and understandably so. However, when it comes to protecting your financial goals, it is best to put aside your emotions and look at things with a level head to ensure you are getting your fair share during divorce negotiations.
Many Maryland family law attorneys advise their clients to stay off of social media during and even perhaps for some time after a divorce. No good can come from seeing what your estranged spouse is up to -- especially if it's more exciting that what you're doing. Further, anything you post on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other sites can potentially be used against you in court.
The fall and winter holidays, from Halloween onward, are often among the most stressful for separated and divorced parents. In some cases, Maryland family law attorneys recommend that plans for these holidays be detailed in their clients' parenting plans to help avoid disputes that can make them less enjoyable for parents and children alike.
Even if you don't have children, if you and your ex stay in the same area after you divorce, chances are that you may run into each other from time to time. You may maintain some shared friendships and even family connections. You may both shop at your favorite grocery store or go to the same gym. The bottom line is that you may run into each other.
While many couples are focused on the idea of a court battle or expecting a contentious dispute when they make the decision to divorce, it doesn't have to work out like that. While there are often major communication issues that contribute to a couple needing to separate, if both parties can put these issues aside and focus on making the divorce as positive of an experience as possible, it can take a great deal of stress and pressure off of the situation.
Legal same-sex marriages have been taking place here in Maryland since 2013. However, Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh has now clarified what had been a somewhat murky legal issue in the past -- whether a spouse in a same-sex marriage can use adultery as grounds for divorce.
A divorce is a huge event in anyone's life in Maryland, and people who have gone through it often learn a lot about themselves and about life in general. If you're moving toward a divorce, not only do you want to know what legal steps you need to take, but you also want to consider the following lessons that others have shared.