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How can I prevent conflicts with the other parent of my child?

Most newly-wed spouses never believe that they're going to get a divorce. However, not all marriages end in "happily ever after." If you're in a marriage that has an expiration date like this, and you also have children, you will need to carefully plan your divorce in a way that minimizes the potential for emotional wounds, disagreements and difficulties during the process. You will also want to create a parenting plan that seeks to reduce the chances of parental disagreements later down the road.

What is unenforceable in terms of prenuptial agreements?

Many spouses have the idea that they can put anything inside a prenuptial agreement and -- if the other spouse signs the document -- it will be legally binding. Even though some couples agree to include questionable clauses in their prenups, these clauses may not be enforceable in a Maryland family law court. They could even result in the invalidation of the entire prenuptial agreement. As such, it's important that spouses understand the limits of these agreements before signing them.

Are you tending to your emotional needs during your divorce?

Divorce is not an easy process emotionally, and trying to navigate the complexity of your legal proceedings can even take its toll on you physically. It's therefore important for anyone going through a divorce to pay attention to their emotional needs.

Foreign travel guidelines to protect against child abduction

As difficult as it is to believe, parents sometimes kidnap their own children, take them to foreign countries and refuse to bring them back to their rightful home in violation of child custody orders. Although the chances of this happening to you are probably slim, if the other parent of your child is a foreign national, it's definitely in the realm of possibility. As such, you may want to add some extra protections and security against the threat and potential of a child abduction by including special language within your parenting agreement.

Stepparent adoption when the biological parent doesn't consent

Maryland stepparents who want to adopt their stepchildren must obtain the consent of both biological parents of the children. In other words, the stepparent needs to gain consent from his or her spouse and the children's other parent. This consent could be difficult to obtain because the other parent will essentially be giving up his or her parental rights when allowing the stepparent to adopt.

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