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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.

How to keep a business during property division

Business owners in Maryland know exactly how hard it can be to take a concept and mold it into a successful venture. Many have put in a great deal of money, time and effort to get their businesses off the ground, and then to weather changing market conditions and an economic recession. To have a huge portion of that hard work be lost through the property division portion of a divorce is a difficult prospect to consider, but one that any entrepreneur should think carefully about.

Gridiron player's divorce issues continue -- ex-wife sentenced

It is not uncommon for high-profile divorces to be drama-filled. Maryland readers may be interested to learn about the ongoing divorce issues of former NFL star Deion Sanders and his former wife, Pilar. It was reported that the the case once again landed in court in another state after Pilar failed to return the couple's three children to Deion as per their custody order. Deion is the custodial parent.

The use of valuation experts within a high asset divorce

Every divorcing couple in Maryland will allocate a significant volume of time and attention on the division of marital wealth. This is an important aspect of any divorce, as the outcome will shape the financial future of both parties for many years to come. For couples that share significant levels of wealth, the process of reaching a settlement as to the division of those assets can be difficult. Fortunately, there are professionals who can assist in determining the true value of various assets, which is the first step in attaining a fair settlement.

High-asset divorce case headed for appeals

When a Maryland couple goes through a divorce, the spouses involved expect that the final outcome will include a fair division of marital wealth. This is true across the board, no matter how much money is involved. When a divorce results in a property division outcome that is heavily skewed toward one party, the result is sometimes an appeal. Such is the case in the high profile divorce between billionaire Harold Hamm and his wife of 26 years, Sue Ann Hamm.

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.

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