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Does your career have anything to do with your divorce?

The reasons why we get divorced are complicated. Some Maryland couples may choose to separate because they're constantly fighting. Others might separate due to infidelity. They list is endless and it's rare that a divorcing couple can point their fingers at one simple cause. However, that doesn't stop people from trying to find reasons for divorce.

Want to keep your kids? Consider keeping a diary

If you look strictly at statistics, you'll find that mothers in Maryland tend to get the child custody award when push comes to shove. If you read between the lines, however, you'll realize that this is largely due to the fact that mothers tend to spend more time caring for their children than fathers do. Courts usually seek to award primary custody to the primary caretaker in custody battles.

I'm receiving child support: Do I have to pay income taxes on it?

If you're a recently divorced custodial parent who is caring for your children more than 50 percent of the time, it is highly likely that the other parent is paying child support money each month. This money is no doubt an enormous benefit to you and your children; it might be the only way you're able to financially provide for your family.

A divorce timeline for your reference

One of the most important ways to reduce the fear of a divorcing spouse is to explain the various stages of the divorce process. Although every divorce is unique, the vast majority of them will follow a specific order of events. These stages of divorce are as follows:

Divorce wasn't easy in Colonial times, but was certainly possible

These days, divorce is a common occurrence in Maryland -- so common that most people know quite a few couples who have been through a divorce. Most people tend to think that divorce is more of a modern phenomenon than something people did in the past. Divorces were indeed rarer in the past, but they were not unheard of -- even in Colonial times.

Over-50 divorce rates have doubled

If you're over the age of 50, you know -- just from talking with your friends -- that incidents of people getting divorced over the age of 50 have been on the rise. A new statistic from Pew Research Center, however, may surprise you: The divorce rate for people in the 50-plus age category has doubled.

Prenups are not just for celebrities

The Kardashian sisters, Paris Hilton and Mel Gibson have made billions of dollars in their careers. As such, they stand to lose a lot in their marriages and to have a prenuptial agreement is probably an easy and logical decision to make. But what about the rest of us? Should we consider a prenuptial agreement too?

Maryland lawmakers pass bill to help victims of abusive marriage

At this time, evidence from domestic violence proceedings cannot be used in divorce court proceedings. This means that if a spouse is convicted of domestic violence, or if a protective order has been granted to prevent a spouse from accessing the other spouse, these facts cannot be used to affect a family court judge's decision.

How Maryland's marital property laws can affect you

Divorce is never a pleasant undertaking. Now that you and your husband have decided to end your marriage, you know you may face a battle for a fair settlement as well as custody of the children. In order to protect your interests, it is important to understand how marital property laws work in Maryland.

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