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Divorce Mediation…What’s in it for you (and your family)?

Couples who can use divorce mediation to work through divorce issues can save time, money, and create more satisfying agreements on the issues at hand. For the right kind of couple, divorce mediation can become the high-road to a happy family and a bright future.  Here are the basics of divorce mediation: A neutral mediator […]

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Divorce as a Lifestyle:  High-Conflict Divorce and Tips to Survive it

Not too many people have anything nice to say about divorce.  While departing spouses are rarely at their best during divorce, they can be forgiven for struggling through the often difficult transition that is divorce.  For victims of high-conflict divorce though, the relatively normal “bad divorce” is merely a walk in the park. Potentially 10 […]

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A Reason for Low-Conflict Divorce:  Brain Research Points to Danger of Childhood Stress

Science has confirmed stress has a negative impact on the physiological development of young children.  If you needed a reason to reduce the level of conflict in your home before, during, or after divorce, a recent study provides a good bottom line. For the last 20 years, scientists at Radboud University in the Netherlands have […]

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Divorce Mediation—Is it for You?

Mediation offers a great opportunity for couples who want to work through their divorce issues with a minimum of expense and time.  But that does not mean that mediation is for everyone. The use of alternative dispute resolution methods like mediation, negotiation, and arbitration in commercial settings set the stage for the use of lower-conflict […]

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Maryland Passes Bill to Allow Parents of Minor Children to Divorce with Mutual-Consent

New legislative action means Maryland couples with children can move more readily through divorce with the mutual consent of both parties. To obtain a divorce in Maryland, all couples formerly had to prove they had lived apart for 12 continuous months, without sexual relations, in order to obtain a no-fault divorce. This “no fault” divorce […]

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 Understanding Spousal Support in Maryland

Financial stability is important to moving through divorce.  Whether you would pay or receive alimony, it is an important factor in many divorces. Alimony, or spousal support, is intended to provide level ground to a spouse who may not yet be able to economically sustain their household in the wake of a divorce.  Alimony is […]

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Summer Plans? Flexibility Counts after Divorce

As summer approaches, use strategic planning to help assure that tempers don’t rise along with the temperature. If you are divorced with minor children, making a summer of pleasant memories depends on several things: Parents: The single most important variable in how well your children enjoy any season is how well their parents get along—or […]

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Teens and Parenting Time—How Does that Work?

Going through divorce is tough on parents.  For children, it is a whole different ballgame. For children with a relatively stable home life, divorce may be the first big ending they ever experience.  While adults are already experienced with the rigors of life, children are not seasoned veterans of conflict, or at least they shouldn’t […]

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Former “Glee” Star Agrees to Joint Custody after Arrest for Domestic Violence

In a case that made national headlines, television actress Naya Rivera was arrested for domestic battery when police responded to a call for help from her husband. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), approximately 20 people are abused by an intimate partner in the US every minute.  On average, about 200,000 calls […]

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What is “Marital Property’ and How is it Divided in Maryland?

Property division during divorce can be a hot button topic for spouses.  Here is what you need to know about dividing assets and property during divorce. Maryland follows a rule of equitable distribution when considering the property of individuals getting a divorce.  By this rule, the courts try to make fair-minded decisions concerning property, assets, […]

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