Each and every divorce is unique, and is structured around the life built by the couple who is ending their marriage. One aspect of divorce that is important for all Maryland couples, however, involves the manner in which assets are divided. Property division can be a challenge for many, especially when spouses do not see eye-to-eye on how to share the marital wealth that has amassed during their union.
In the movies and on television one person declares in the middle of an argument that he or she wants a divorce. The story then proceeds directly into court. There is no further discussion or decision to be made regarding whether or not the end the marriage. Life is not always that simple. For many Maryland couples, making the decision to divorce is not easy.
The divorce statistics regarding couples over the age of 50 show a marked upward trend in the decision to end marriages as retirement approaches or begins. While each couple is as unique as the individuals themselves, there are a number of factors that lead older Maryland residents to move beyond a marriage that is simply not working. The following divorce issues may give some insight into the reasoning behind this social phenomenon.
Once a Maryland resident has made the decision to file for divorce, a series of decisions will follow. For many, the process can feel overwhelming, and it can be difficult to know where to begin. One's divorce attorney is a valuable source of information and advice during this challenging time. Being able to effectively tap into that resource, however, often depends on being prepared to ask important questions at the beginning of the process.
Some marriages reach a point where a divorce seems to be inevitable. The decision to file for divorce can be an extremely emotional time for some Maryland spouses. Making this decision can be a challenge due to the multiple financial and emotional issues involved. A recent article stresses the importance of spouses planning ahead and being as prepared as possible for a divorce and the life that will follow.
For many Maryland spouses, there is little doubt that the end of their marriage has arrived. In some cases, this realization comes after years of trying to work through difficulties and make a wide range of compromises. However, making the decision to file can still be a challenge, largely based on worries about the ultimate cost of the process of filing for and completing a divorce.
For many Maryland women, the prospect of filing for divorce is worrisome. There are a great many uncertainties regarding the process and its eventual outcome, and many women postpone filing due to fears of financial turmoil during the period between filing and settlement. In many cases, angry spouses act to limit their partner's access to marital funds once a divorce is filed, which can seriously hamper their ability to litigate the matter properly.
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.
It was recently reported that the group experiencing the largest surge in divorce rates in America are those over the age of 50. As we discussed in a previous blog, the divorce rate for Americans over the age of 50 doubled between 1990 and 2009. Maryland couples who fall into this age bracket and are considering filing for divorce may wish to take note.
Facebook has become so prevalent in American life that the site is mentioned in an estimated 20 percent of divorce cases filed in Maryland and across the country. The social networking site is notorious for enabling the bad behavior of husbands and wives, whether it be in looking up past flames, making new online 'friends' or simply having inappropriate online conversations that undermine trust between spouses. However, the recent speculation about Facebook, marriage and divorce has nothing to do with how people choose to use the site.