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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.

Are mothers really more likely to get custody?

It hasn't always been the case, but today, fathers are just as likely to obtain custody as mothers. There are a number of factors that play into the decision, so before you assume that you won't be able to obtain custody because of your gender, it's important to understand why a judge is more likely to give a mother custody of a child of a certain age.

Is January divorce season?

Divorce attorneys throughout Maryland and the rest of the United States will agree that January really is divorce season. The fact is that after all the complexities, financial and emotional stresses of the holiday season, once the new year comes around, many couples decide to call it quits.

Do your resolutions this year include a divorce?

The ornaments are all packed away for another year. The tree is curbside to be recycled. Thoughts have turned from the holidays to the changes the coming year may bring. If you and your spouse have been teetering on the brink of splitting up for a while, it's quite likely that one or both of you may be considering filing for divorce in 2017.

Divorce calls for you to be extra-careful with social media

The age of social media has only made divorce more complicated. In the roughly 15 years that social media has been a major presence in the cultural landscape, more than a few divorce settlements have been decided heavily based on the well-documented indiscretions of one party or another during and prior to divorce proceedings.

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