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Family Law Archives

What should divorced parents know about college financial aid?

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.

Make sure that you have adequate insurance coverage post-divorce

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.

How is unpaid child support collected?

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:

Considering the best interests of pets in a marital break-up

For many divorcing couples, one of the most difficult and emotional decisions they have to make is who will get custody of the family pets. Under the law, they are considered property. Therefore, decisions regarding who gets the companion animals, if left to a judge to decide, are often based on who purchased and financially supports the pets rather than what is in their best interests. However, for many people, pets are part of the family.

Helping Maryland couples draft separation agreements

Some Maryland couples who seriously contemplate divorce decide to draft a separation agreement. This type of agreement can detail your resolution of a number of issues that will need to be addressed during their separation. It also helps couples think about the things that they'll need to deal with if they decide to move on to a divorce.

Is winning the house in a divorce settlement worth it?

From an outsider's prospective, getting the house in a divorce may be seen as a major victory. After all, for most couples, their homes are their most valuable assets. Plus, for those parents that retain custody of the kids, it's nice to still have adequate space to accommodate them. Yet in many cases, getting the house as part of a property division settlement can be as much of a curse for some as it is a blessing for others.

What's the difference between divorce and annulment in Maryland?

The word "annulment" has a certain romance to it. After all, it might be a lot easier if the marriage had never taken place, right? Maryland law does have a process for annulment of marriages considered "voidable." However, it's rarely used and its effect may not be quite what you think.

Collaborative law offers a kinder, gentler divorce option

Many Maryland spouses have a very narrow conception of the divorce process. The end of a marriage is often likened to going to battle with one's spouse. While virtually everyone knows a friend or family member who has experienced a combative divorce, it is important to understand that this is not the only divorce model available to spouses. Collaborative law offers an alternative approach, and one that can make significant strides toward a less contentious divorce.

Can surrogate mothers suffer within family law matters?

Many Maryland families struggle with infertility issues. Often, the chosen path to conceiving a child lies in the use of a carefully screened surrogate mother. This path is made possible by women who are able and willing to carry a child to term for another family. The transaction is both profitable for the surrogate and immensely rewarding for the intended parents. However, there are cases in which surrogates can face serious family law matters, as in a recent case that has made national headlines.