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Divorce Archives

Is mediation right for me?

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.

Divorcing for adultery just got easier for gay Marylanders

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.

Divorce can teach important life lessons

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.

How is debt divided in a divorce?

A significant part of a divorce agreement is the division of a couple's assets. However, the division of debt can be just as impactful on your financial future. Everyone has different types of debt. However, we're going to discuss a few of the most common types and how they may be split up and redistributed in a divorce.

Putting the children first with a collaborative divorce

As you have probably heard, parental divorce can be very hard on children, but the good news is that it doesn’t have to be. Thanks to alternative dispute resolution processes like collaborative law, divorcing parents are able to focus on what really matters as they move on with their lives: their children.

Have you been waiting for a better economy before divorcing?

Among the 99 percent, the economy may not feel like it's booming, but the worst of the Great Recession now appears to be over. At the very least, consumer spending is on its way back up -- last month the U.S. Department of Commerce reported the largest increase in consumer spending in the last eight years.

Tips for co-parenting after a Maryland divorce

While statistics vary, it is commonly believed that close to half of all marriages will end in divorce. For those couples in Maryland with children, transitioning into a co-parenting relationship after a divorce can be difficult. This is often uncharted territory for parents, and many are still going through their own emotional reaction to the divorce while they begin the process of sharing parenting duties with their former spouse. It will take time and effort to settle into new roles as co-parents, and the following tips are offered in the hopes of easing that process.

Facebook a factor within many divorce cases

Social media has changed the way that many Americans stay connected with friends and family. The ability to share information, photos and more allows people to share a great deal of their lives with those they care about. However, Facebook and other social media sites can also become a problem for many Maryland spouses who are going through a divorce.

Common thoughts when considering divorce

People who have never been through the end of a marriage often hold many preconceived notions about the process. These beliefs can make it difficult to know when divorce is the right course of action, because so many Maryland spouses have convinced themselves that there are certain conditions that must be met before taking steps to move forward. The following information is offered in the hopes of allowing spouses to fully understand that there is no "right" set of conditions that lead up to a divorce, and to listen to their own heart when making choices about their future.

Where do divorce statistics come from?

A great deal of attention is paid to the rate of marriage and divorce among American couples. For many in Maryland, however, the source of those statistics is something of a mystery. A great deal of what we know about marriage and divorce comes from the American Community Survey, which is issued by the U.S. Census Bureau every four years. Recently, the inclusion of questions regarding marriage and divorce has been questioned, leading to debate on the issue.