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Questions to ask during a Maryland divorce

When it comes to divorce, the more information one has, the better off one will probably be. Indeed, the process of going through a divorce in Maryland can be overwhelming, daunting and even frightening. This is why it is so important to ask good questions before beginning the process. Knowledge is power in life, and divorce is no different.

First and foremost, it is important to get an idea of how much one's divorce is going to cost. While no divorce attorney can give an exact prediction of expected costs, he or she will be able to provide a ballpark figure of what to expect. Knowing the potential costs ahead of time can be helpful because it will help one prepare a budget that will accommodate the extra expenditures.

Next, it is good to acquire an understanding of one's potential exposure to child support and/or spousal support payments. It does not matter if a Maryland resident is expecting to get paid or expecting to pay child support. Maryland state law has a specific way of determining the level of support that one will be owed or will owe, and it is important to try to predict that figure ahead of time.

For those who have children, it is good to gain an understanding of how Maryland law looks at child custody and child visitation. For example, if there is a disagreement on child custody and/or visitation, what challenges might one face in obtaining the results that are desired? Also, one may wish to inquire about typical visitation arrangements and/or custody sharing arrangements. What is typically deemed acceptable by family law courts? Do one's goals fall within that norm?

There are far too many divorce questions to list in this short post, but the important thing for Maryland residents to remember is that no question is too silly to ask. Asking the right questions can also help to reveal various legal strategies that may be essential to achieving the best possible outcome. Indeed, the nuances of the law can be different in every state, and if it is one's second divorce, it will likely be different from the first.

Source: Huffington Post, Divorce confidential: asking the right questions in a divorce, Caroline Choi, Dec. 4, 2013

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