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How do you talk to your spouse about divorce?

After you decide you want a divorce, you eventually have to break the news to your spouse.

While that's rarely an easy conversation, there are some things you can do that will make the process easier -- and reduce the potential conflicts you'll face ahead. Keep in mind that this initial conversation can set the tone for the rest of your divorce, so it's far better for you both if the encounter goes smoothly.

Are Maryland's child support laws currently unfair?

The General Assembly is considering a major overhaul of Maryland's child support laws. If the legislation currently pending in a number of bills is successful, it may drastically affect thousands of people who currently depend on child support and thousands more in the future whenever parents in the state divorce.

The new bills were recommended after about 30 members of a focus group spent about eighteen months rethinking the way that child support is handled in the state. The Department of Human Services group was comprised of a combination of family law attorneys, child advocates and public stakeholders.

Heading for divorce? Make some quick electronic changes

We live in a very technologically advanced country -- and married couples tend to mingle their electronic accounts just as freely as they do their physical possessions.

That can be a big problem when you're headed for a split. Once you've made the decision to divorce, you need to take some immediate steps to protect your digital life:

Do you want to avoid a custody modification fight? Try these tips

Getting to the end of all the negotiations that go into your child custody agreement and visitation schedule can seem like an immense relief. However, it doesn't take much to end up back in family court arguing with your ex-spouse over a potential modification to the custody order.

Do you want to avoid that possibility as hard as you can? Here's how to do it:

Leaving your kids with your ex could impact your custody case

When your spouse tells you they want to divorce, it can feel like a betrayal. Sometimes, you don't even see it coming. Other times, you may have known your relationship wasn't doing well, but you probably assumed you would work it out in the future.

Regardless of what the circumstances are and whether or not you expected a potential divorce, finding out it's really going to happen is very different from suspecting it might. Many people have strong emotional responses to receiving divorce paperwork. It is a common reaction to act out of anger or sorrow, but those actions stemming from emotion often won't serve you in the long run.

Wrong-way crash turns fatal in Maryland

A Maryland man is facing a number of charges after he caused a three-car accident by driving the wrong way down Interstate 195.

At approximately 1:30 a.m., on March 15, state troopers were called to the scene on the Patapsco River Bridge due to reports that a Toyota was heading against traffic in the westbound lanes.

Divorce and bankruptcy: What couples need to know

If financial problems weren't already a factor before you headed into a divorce, they may soon become one. Divorce can be expensive.

There are a few inescapable financial facts about divorce. It costs money to file for divorce and to hire an attorney. If you have children, you may have to pay child support. You may have to pay spousal support as well. The money that used to provide for one household now has to provide for two. Given that only 39 percent of Americans can manage to come up with a $1,000 even in an emergency, the reality of a divorce often means that one or both halves of a couple will have to file for bankruptcy.

Why parents need a good relationship with their ex-spouse

Are you harboring a lot of anger toward your ex-spouse? While it might be understandable, it's also something you have to learn to keep in check when you have children together.

Here's why you want to maintain a good relationship with your ex-spouse whenever possible:

  1. Your children will be in his or her care part of the time. You don't want your children to suffer the emotional damage that could come from your spouse's misdirected frustration and anger.
  2. You need your children to be secure. Your children are more likely to be negatively affected if they feel anger and fear emanating from you every time they go to see your ex-spouse. Show your ex-spouse as much support as possible to keep your children confident and comfortable.
  3. You don't want your children to resent you. If you make interacting with their other parent difficult, your children may come to resent you. That could come back to haunt you once your children are older and able to choose where they want to live.
  4. When your children become adults, you don't want to be a source of conflict in their lives. There will be weddings, holiday celebrations, the births of grandchildren and birthday parties to look forward to in the future. Do you want to be the parent that they hesitate to invite for fear that you'll cause a scene with your ex?
  5. Even driving your ex-spouse totally away wouldn't spell the end to your problems. You'd only end up leaving a huge hole in your children's psyches if you managed to drive your ex off because children usually thrive best when both parents are around to support them.

What happens to your pension in a Maryland divorce?

You've been working your entire adult life and have a well-funded pension account with your employer. Maybe you are getting close to retirement age, or perhaps you intend to work for another decade or more. Unfortunately, it looks like your marriage is about to end, and your spouse wants a portion of your pension.

It's common to have a strong emotional response to this situation. You may find yourself wondering what will happen with your pension in a divorce. After all, your pension is a benefit that you receive for working with a company. Does your spouse who perhaps didn't work full-time or who doesn't have a pension of their own receive some of that in the divorce?

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