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Family law: Millennials making their marriages work

When it comes to marriage, it seems like millennials are doing something right. More American married couples who are under the age of 45 are actually staying married according to the latest statistics. They're distinctly different from baby boomers who tended to marry young, divorced and married again. Issues revolving around marriage in Maryland are under the family law umbrella. 

Family law: How child support works re an incarcerated parent

It doesn't matter what the adults in their lives are facing, children need to be supported financially and emotionally. When a parent in Maryland who is paying child support lands in jail, chances are he or she is still responsible for paying that support. Family law rules are in place to safeguard the best interests of children; however, incarcerated parents beholden to paying child support may ask the court to have those payments suspended while they're behind bars and unable to earn an income. 

Maryland family law: The truth about prenups

Couples who marry today may have more to lose in the event they should split up. Family law in Maryland provides tools -- such as prenuptial agreements -- to safeguard the assets individuals accumulated prior to marriage. Contrary to popular belief, however, these agreements, or prenups as they're often referred to, aren't just for wealthy folks nor should they impede the romance factor among couples.

Maryland family law: A new school year amid a fresh divorce

Divorce can wreak havoc in many areas of day-to-day living until the family becomes used to a new way of doing things. The first time kids head back to school after the divorce of their parents can be especially difficult for them and their parents. But family law in Maryland provides some tools to help make the transition from one to two households easier, which may help to lessen any angst in other areas such as the first day of school.

Maryland family law: Issues that may lead to divorce

The causes of divorce can be as unique as the couple. But there are a number of reasons that could pertain to many situations. Family law in Maryland gives couples the tools with which they can try to overcome adversities since marriage is changeable and, in many respects, is a lot of hard work. Knowing some of the risk factors that could lead to the demise of a marriage may keep the rocks off the road.

Family law in Maryland: Protecting an inheritance in a divorce

Most people work hard for their money and the last thing they want is to see any inheritance they get have to be shared with an estranged spouse. Maryland family law governs divorce that may affect inheritance funds. These funds are usually protected in the event of a split unless the funds are in a joint account in which case they become marital property and would need to be divided. So, the first rule in safeguarding inheritance funds in the event of divorce is to deposit them in an individual bank account.

Family law in Maryland: Child custody and abuse accusations

There is no place for violence in any situation. When it comes to family law rules in Maryland, the law pulls no punches that children do not belong in settings in which violence takes place. When parents are divorced and there are accusations of abuse against one parent, the courts have to decide, based on evidence, who should have physical custody of the child based on the child's best interests -- the parent accused of abuse, the alleged parent who is the victim or both parents. 

Family law: Foster care in Maryland

There are many children waiting to be a part of a stable, caring and loving environment. Some kids in Maryland are waiting for foster families who will care for them within the parameters provided by family law rules. What many people don't realize is that there are different types of foster care situations: having a child stay in the home of people unrelated to them, group homes or kinship care.

Family law: Shared parenting benefits in Maryland after divorce

Divorce can be particularly rough on kids who have been used to being parented by two individuals. Family law rules in Maryland, however, provide for the continuation of that parenting style with shared parenting situations. Studies show that kids who are co-parented have better overall emotional health, do better in school, have a healthier self-esteem and fewer behavioral problems like acting out, bullying or delinquency.

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