While it may seem unusual to have to define who a father is according to the law, it is an important legal matter that many unmarried parents must deal with. Until a father is legally declared for the child, there can be no decisions made on visitation or child support. Understanding how the family courts determine who the legal father is in these situations is an important part of being prepared for your case.
Every divorced parent is concerned about making mistakes. Don't worry -- you will, and so will your ex. However, it's how you deal with those mistakes, both the ones you make and particularly the ones that your ex makes, that can help you both build a better co-parenting relationship for the sake of your kids.
Maryland has something called a "limited divorce" or "legal separation." Couples may choose to go this route if they aren't ready to end their marriage with a divorce but choose to live apart and want to codify some agreements.
This is the time when everyone is making New Year's resolutions. If you're recently separated or divorced, just making the resolutions is an important step. Doing your best to keep them can help make the new year a happier and healthier one for you and your children. They can also set you on the road to having a healthy relationship with your ex.
When parents make the decision to divorce, the children are often the ones who end as part of an emotional and legal tug of war. One way that this can be avoided is to consider the collaborative law process to avoid litigation.
It is possible for grandparents to be given visitation rights in Maryland, thanks to changes made to the law back in 1993. The Maryland Annotated Code now notes that grandparents can ask for these rights and may be given them if it falls in line with the best interests of the child.
One of the biggest financial concerns for many Maryland parents is how they're going to pay for their kids' college education. Many rely on federal student aid. This requires completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. When parents are separated or divorced, there are things they need to know when completing the FAFSA.
People going through a divorce need to make sure that they have the insurance coverage that they need moving forward as single people. For those who have children, the proper insurance coverage is essential. Everyone's situation and needs are different, but we're going to discuss the various types of insurance that you need to look at. You may be able to negotiate continuation of some of these policies in your divorce agreement.
Needless to say, it's pretty frustrating to have a judge in Maryland rule that you should be given child support and then to have the other parent fail to make those payments. You may feel like you don't have many options to get the money, but there are actually a lot of steps that can be taken by the proper authorities, such as:
Prenuptial agreements, or "prenups" have become so common that most everyone knows what they are. They're not just for movie stars, hedge fund managers and sports franchise owners anymore. They are drawn up by Maryland couples across the economic spectrum.