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December 2017 Archives

Big changes re alimony tax deductions

Maryland couples who have previously battled through a divorce know that the process is stressful, complicated and time-consuming. For spouses who earn less than their partner, alimony may be granted to address any unfair economic circumstances after a divorce. Appealing for alimony, or spousal support, is sometimes necessary but can also add more stress to an already uncomfortable situation. Unfortunately, Maryland couples in the midst of divorce proceedings may face some confusion with regard to the impact of the new tax laws on alimony.

Approaching a child custody hearing

Putting the needs of a child first takes high precedence in divorce proceedings for Maryland parents who share children. The last thing children should be exposed to during the divorce of their parents is the ramifications associated with a child custody battle. Having the right information not only aids in the case preparation, it also allows the parent to enter the child custody hearing with confidence.

Property division: the pivot of divorce

As if divorce is not straining enough, the thought and process of property division can bring a lump to anyone's throat. Dividing a family's assets such as houses, retirement plans, pensions or stocks can sometimes be a challenge. To reduce the stress load, Maryland spouses should be cognizant of the many steps they can take to avoid any financial stings associated with the property division process.

Don't forget about debt during property division

When many Maryland spouses are preparing to divorce, the division of marital wealth is a top area of concern. This is understandable, as the outcome of the property division process will shape the financial lives of both parties for many years to come. When considering property division, it's critical to understand the role that debt plays during that process.

Darious McCrary asks for reduced child support payments

Some fathers in Maryland and across the country are confused about how to establish a relationship with their children, but former child actor Darius McCrary formed an organization called FathersCare to assist fathers in need. The organization was designed to provide needed resources to fathers such as education and legal services with a goal for fathers to have better relationships with their children. Apparently, the organization has not been active for some time and likely has not been a source of help for Darius with his current legal trouble. Darius has recently requested a family court for a reduction in his child support payments.