The end of a marriage is a traumatic event in a person's life -- even if he or she is the person who filed for divorce. When there are children in the picture, the divorce seems to get a bit more stressful since the children's best interests have to be considered. Child custody orders, whether they are a part of a divorce or not, are very important since they lay out the expectations and plans for the child's life.
The results of a study released this month by the National Center for Health Statistics show an interesting change in people's views about divorce. Even though divorce has become more common over the years, the acceptance of it has moved in the opposite direction.
On March 9, Maryland legislators held a hearing on a domestic violence bill that would amend the definition of domestic violence to include malicious destruction of property and harassment. Discussion of the bill, House Bill 1396, followed seven murders related to domestic violence in Prince George's County alone this year.
Many Maryland couples opt to move in together either before getting married or with no intention of getting married. This often involves purchasing a home together. When you purchase any property of value, but particularly a home, with another person, there are important legal considerations to keep in mind to protect your financial interests if the relationship ends or your partner dies.
Under Maryland law, for a couple to obtain an uncontested divorce, they must swear that they have lived apart for at least a year. This means that they may not have spent even one night under the same roof during that time, even if they slept in separate rooms.