Child custody issues are among the most difficult and emotional ones faced during and after divorce. Our firm helps clients work out a parenting plan that has the children's best interests in mind.
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.
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.
It is not uncommon for a Maryland parent who is tasked with making child support payments to feel as if the level of that financial obligation is too high. This belief is not always supported by fact, and many parents who go through divorce are not really aware of the true cost of raising a child, which can make payments appear excessive. There are cases, however, in which a child support agreement or court order results in payments that are not only more than what is necessary to support the care of one or more children, but which also create financial difficulties for the parent who is asked to make the payments.
For many unmarried parents in the state of Maryland, the end of their relationship brings on a wide range of legal concerns. Chief among these is the breakdown of the care and custody of their shared children. Reaching a child support agreement is one of the most pressing needs that a couple will face as the parties go their separate ways. It is imperative to ensure that the agreement is carefully considered and adequately detailed, in order to avoid challenge in the years to come.
The end of a Maryland marriage will have an impact on the financial standing of both spouses. The process of dividing marital assets and debt, structuring child support and/or alimony and obtaining new insurance policies will all come into play. While there can be no doubt that each party will have to adjust to a new financial structure, not all of these changes will be negative. In fact, some spouses will enjoy improved credit scores in the months and years following a 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.
Common divorce issues for Maryland couples choosing to end their marriages run the gamut from child custody to property division to child support and alimony. These divorce issues can become contentious for some couples; especially when large sums of money and other marital assets are involved. This can be particularly true whenever one of the spouses in a divorce case is known to have a bullying personality. With that being said, however, there are steps that the less aggressive spouse may be able to take to help protect their financial interests during property division.
Child custody issues can be sticky for couples in Maryland and across the country to navigate, but they are not insurmountable for those willing to work together to further their children's best interests. Hollywood stars Courteney Cox and David Arquette recently finalized their divorce after being married for over a decade. The two have reportedly gone through an amicable split, and have a great deal of affection and respect for each other. These factors will come in handy as the two navigate their joint child custody arrangements of their 8-year-old daughter, Coco.
Many in Maryland have heard about the man that is said to owe approximately $1.2 million in back child support who was recently taken into custody by the U.S. Marshal's Service at a west coast airport. His case may become one of the most sensationalized family law cases that doesn't involve a celebrity. The man has allegedly avoided paying child support to his ex-wife with whom he has two children for over 10 years.