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Study links immunity problems to bitter child custody fights

When Maryland parents are preparing to divorce, the impact that such a move will have on their kids is often a top concern. Research has long supported the idea that children who go through divorce are at elevated risk for a number of negative outcomes, including depression, anxiety and social issues. However, a recent study suggests that it may not be the divorce itself, but the manner in which parents handle a divorce and child custody changes that determine how a child will fare.

The study included more than 200 adult participants, all in good health. They were asked about their childhood experience with parental divorce as well as how their parents communicated in the aftermath of a divorce. Then, participants were exposed to a virus that causes the common cold. Researchers evaluated which participants fell ill, and which were able to fight off the virus.

How to preserve wealth obtained through property division

For many Maryland residents, the process of dividing marital wealth is a primary focus during a divorce. Unfortunately, too few spouses give proper consideration to how they can preserve the wealth obtained through the property division process. Having a plan in place to regain financial stability following a divorce without tapping into one's financial foundation is essential. The following tips can help individuals learn to regain financial stability in the months and years that follow a Maryland divorce.

Some spouses will emerge from divorce in a very strong financial position. For others, however, achieving financial stability can be a tenuous process. Taking a proactive approach to managing household finances is a critical component of success, and there are two primary ways that such stability is achieved: by decreasing expenses and increasing income.

How to prepare for the aftermath of property division negotiation

When it comes to working through the financial aspects of a divorce, few things are more important than having a comprehensive budget in place. Far too many Maryland spouses move through the property division process without a clear idea of where they currently stand in a financial sense, much less where they need to be in the years to come. Understanding both current and projected expenses is key to reaching a settlement that is in line with one's needs, both now and in the future.

The best place to begin is by making a thorough assessment of all current expenses. This includes the basics of housing, utilities, food and other essentials. It also includes those expenses that are often overlooked, such as the cost of a child's activities, vehicle maintenance, home repairs and the multitude of incidental costs that rack up during any given month.

Sometimes, property division conflicts occur years after divorce

Once the bottom lines have all been signed and the dust has settled, most Maryland spouses believe that their divorce is over and they are free to move on with their lives. In reality, however, there are instances in which property division issues can continue to create problems, even years after the divorce has been made final. The following example is just one of many issues that can arise after both spouses have moved on and made headway in their individual lives.

Consider a scenario in which one spouse wants to remain living in the family home, while the other wants to move on to a new residence. This is a common occurrence, and is dealt with by documents stating that the remaining spouse is the sole party who is held responsible for making payments on the property, and is the sole party with any ownership interest in the home. Another common provision is that the spouse who stays in the home has a certain amount of time to refinance the property in his or her own name.

YouTube videos lead one family to child custody woes

Many Maryland residents have firmly entrenched opinions about the online video sharing platform YouTube. While some find informative and educational content on the site, others feel that it offers little more than an opportunity to waste precious moments throughout any given day. For one family, YouTube has led to a serious child custody issue, one that could have long-ranging ramifications.

The matter centers on the family's monetized YouTube channel known as DaddyOFive. On the channel, a married couple presents numerous videos in which they play various "pranks" on their five children. They earn money from the site based on ads placed near the videos. In some clips, the pranks seem minor in nature, while other videos contain disturbing elements.

Can assets be sold during a high asset divorce?

When a wealthy couple decides to end their marriage, a great deal of focus goes into determining how to divide their accumulated assets. This is often a complicated matter, especially when a couple has many different sources of wealth. During a high asset divorce in Maryland, it is not uncommon for one or both spouses to wish to sell certain assets. Doing so, however, can complicate matters and should only be done under careful legal guidance.

An example is found in the ongoing divorce between billionaire Harry Macklowe and his wife, Linda. The couple have been married for 58 years, but Harry has told reporters that he is eager to remarry as soon as his divorce is made final. The object of his affection is a woman with whom he has been having a long-time affair.

Does lengthy divorce wait impact child custody issues?

For many Maryland parents, one of the most stressful aspects of a divorce is figuring out how to share the joys and responsibilities of parenting. It is not uncommon for spouses to spend the bulk of their negotiating time and effort on child custody matters. As multiple states wrangle with the issue of mandatory waiting periods for divorce, parents should consider how such restrictions might impact their own custody path.

One southern state recently rejected proposed legislation that would serve to reduce the mandatory waiting period for a divorce from one year to six months. Many lawmakers assert that longer waiting periods can save marriages. Viewed from a different perspective, however, lengthy waiting periods can also complicate child custody issues.

Finding a balance in alimony legislation

Maryland residents are aware that spousal support legislation is a tricky subject, and one that divides many people. There are states that are currently considering changes to existing alimony legislation, and debate on the topic has reached many dinner tables throughout the nation. While there are good points on both sides of the matter, legislators have a tough task in trying to create laws that are both fair and balanced.

As an example, consider a spouse who becomes injured or ill while married. If a divorce takes place, that spouse's financial dependence on the other party is likely to become an issue. The resulting alimony amount could be based on the fact that the receiving spouse has a limited ability to provide for his or her own needs. From the perspective of some, a lifetime alimony award may seem fair.

Tips for protecting an inheritance in a high asset divorce

For most Maryland couples who are preparing to wed, preparation of legal documents is not at the top of their lengthy to-do list. That said, there are reasons to attend to legal needs as the wedding approaches, not the least of which is to protect an inheritance from loss in the event that the marriage should end in divorce. A high asset divorce can become very complicated, very quickly. Having protections in place can make a world of difference if that potential outcome becomes a reality.  

It should go without saying that a prenuptial agreement is the best way to shield an inheritance from loss during property division. Prenups can be drafted to specifically address inherited wealth, and to outline which assets will be subject to division if the marriage comes to an end. In some cases, however, a prenup was not put into place, and spouses have to find a different means of protection. That is often the case for couples who have few assets at the time of their marriage, but then build their wealth considerably as the marriage progresses.

Immigration policy leads to spike in prenuptial agreements

It is hard for Maryland residents to turn on the TV or read a newspaper without being barraged by facts and opinions concerning the new administration's immigration policies. Regardless of what side one chooses to take regarding matters of immigration, it is beyond doubt that the issue has impacted many living within the nation's borders. When it comes to matters of the heart, immigration policy shifts may have sparked an uptick in the number of prenuptial agreements sought by couples as they prepare to wed.

Many couples who are already engaged are concerned about the immigration status of one partner. While individuals who marry American citizens have a path toward receiving a green card, that process is neither simple nor easy. Concerns about the Trump administration's shifting immigration policy stance has led many couples to hasten the timeline for their marriage.