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January 2018 Archives

Determining alimony

When going through a divorce, the court considers many aspects such as child custody and support, property division, and the stipulations of any prenuptial agreements that may exist. In some cases, a spouse may be required to provide spousal support to the spouse who earns less after the divorce in order to eliminate any unfair economic limitations. Before requesting alimony, it is important for Maryland residents to understand how these payments are calculated.

Preparing for a child custody hearing

Entering a court room can feel eerie, especially when the custody of a child is at stake. Despite the constant clashing throughout the divorce battle, most parents dread this aspect and the detrimental effect it may leave on their child or children. Knowing how to adequately prepare for a child custody hearing can hopefully lessen the emotional blow and allow Maryland parents to prepare for the best possible outcome.

Prenuptial agreements are not always a bad thing

Marrying the love of your life brings overwhelming feelings of excitement and happiness. You are finally becoming a family and joining as one. Sadly, not every love story has a happy ending, and sometimes marriages fall apart, so it is important for couples to review their assets before saying "I do." With prenuptial agreements, Maryland couples are able to determine the fate of their assets, such as money or property that either person is bringing into the marriage, along with any major financial obligations.

Including retirement plans during the property division process

While few people feel exuberant during a divorce, most feel flat out exhausted. The divorce process is far from a simple walk in the park, especially when property division is involved. Along with the many other assets obtained throughout a marriage, Maryland couples should also include any retirement plans during the division process.

Requesting back and retroactive child support payments

For Maryland families facing divorce, child support is often a touchy, yet necessary issue to resolve. The hardest part is determining which parent will maintain custody while the other is ordered to pay child support. While child support is ordered by the court, parents should be aware of any other alternative child support arrangements.

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