Child custody: domestic violence a relevant factor

Getting divorced is never a pleasant endeavor. There are a myriad of issues to confront, including child custody, child support, property division and spousal maintenance — just to name a few. When minor children are involved, the stakes can be increased, running...

Why would you choose mediation over collaborative divorce?

A recent article draws interesting insights about the alternatives available to divorcing couples, from self-help resources to traditional litigation to alternative approaches like mediation or collaborative divorce. In this two-part series, we’ll take a closer look...

Does a long life expectancy spell divorce?

Just what is it that causes a divorce? There are a number of reasons that a couple may decide to go their separate ways, including — but not limited to — irreconcilable differences, one spouse cheating on the other or even just plain unhappiness. The actual reason...

New law excuses inmates from paying child support temporarily

Recently, a bill was passed by the Maryland Senate that likely made many inmates that owe child support sigh with relief. The bill allows for inmates in prison to have their child support payments, which come from a court order that was likely part of a prior child...

Katy Perry receives mansion from Russell Brand in divorce

While their actual assets may differ significantly from ours, celebrities fight many of the same divorce battles that also affect many of the rest of us. If you are a Maryland resident and like to keep up with the celebrities, then you may have already heard about the...

Same-sex divorce denied for Maryland same-sex couple

“We were told that because of the unnatural circumstances of our divorce, we would get a ruling by mail. So that, for me, the use of the word ‘unnatural’ and the fact that nobody else had gotten that statement, everybody else got a ruling, it made me nervous that...

Divorce mediation: Another option if you want a happier divorce

As we’ve discussed on this blog before, many divorcing couples dread the courtroom battles traditionally seen in divorce cases — especially as represented on TV. Yes, most people have good reasons for ending their marriages — but they don’t want their divorce to turn...