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November 2018 Archives

Couples cite various reasons for seeking prenuptial agreements

Prior to getting married, most Maryland couples and others around the country have countless issues to discuss. Not only do they have to decide every detail of their wedding ceremonies, they also often ponder what their lives will be after they tie the knot. More and more couples are also adding prenuptial agreements into the mix of topics prior to the wedding date. Over half the matrimonial lawyers in a recent survey stated that they had witnessed an increase in couples requesting prenups.

How does property division work in Maryland?

When getting a divorce, it is normal to want to walk away with one's fair share of marital assets. If a couple is able to work out their own property division agreement, the terms should reflect those wishes. If a divorce case goes to court, a Maryland family court judge will get to decide how property is divided and while the final a settlement should be equitable, it may not grant each party what they want.

Over 3 dozen arrested for deliquent child support payments

When Maryland couples and others around the country get divorced, there are many decisions reached that impact them financially. If a couple has children, a major component in the divorce decree could be child support. One party may be required to provide this monetary support for a designated period of time for any minor children. Unfortunately, it is fairly common to hear that an ex-spouse has failed to make the support payments. One county in another state recently arrested over three dozen people for being delinquent in making their child support payments.

Property division: Deciding who keeps the pets in a divorce

The majority of Maryland families and others around the country have pets in their homes, with dogs and cats topping the list of the most popular animals. Those pets are often considered to be members of the family by their owners. Unfortunately, the future of some pets may be uncertain when couples decide to get divorced while decisions about property division are made. Recently, some states have made some major changes in the way pet custody is determined in a divorce.

Prenuptial agreements may strengthen couples' relationships

When couples in Maryland or elsewhere around the country plan to get married, many of their major decisions are centered on the wedding itself. For example, they must discuss the venue, what the wedding party will wear or even what food will be served. While introducing the topic of prenuptial agreements may not be the most likely subject while wedding planning, some experts contend that having a prenup may actually strengthen a couple's psychological bond.

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