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Change Your Space and Change Your Mood Often times during a separation or after a divorce, one party stays in the marital home.  Many people report seeing reminders of happier times, or memories of significant events (both pleasant and unpleasant).  These memories can be stressful.  It is well known that stress can cause issues with…

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Understanding Gray Divorce “Gray divorce” is a term that refers to divorcing baby boomers.  While it originally applied to couples married 40 years or more, the term now generally refers to any divorcing couple who may qualify with “gray hair,” thus, the term, “gray divorce.”  While divorce rates are falling for most age groups, for…

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In almost every divorce case, the parties want to know how long it takes to divorce.  It is a fair question.  Unfortunately, there is not a simple answer to this question.  There are a number of variables that can impact the amount of time it takes to complete the divorce proceedings in the state of…

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During divorce proceedings, the couple, along with their lawyers, typically come to an agreement on the division of assets and debts, parenting time, child support, and alimony.  When the case cannot be resolved, the issues are litigated before the court.  However, there is one exception to the typical give and take of a negotiated settlement…

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Money Conflicts Impact Marital Bliss Studies show conflict surrounding the finances of a couple, whether married or partnered, is directly linked to: Longer arguments More intense arguments Decreased marital satisfaction as well as Increase in divorce rates. In fact, financial disagreements are the third most frequent topic couples argue about.  Financial infidelity is just one…

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If you are considering divorce, there are several steps you can take before announcing it to your spouse.  These steps help you explore your options and consider alternatives, protecting your best interests.  They also help you plan for the future.  In Maryland, divorce typically takes six months to a year, depending on the circumstances.  In…

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Social media has become part of the fabric of our lives.  Rather than being a simple form of distraction, social media is now a way to communicate with friends and family, share our lives, and find interesting content to while away the hours.  However, depending on how you use your social media accounts, you can…

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Florida’s Sixth Judicial Circuit has issued a publication entitled Visitation Dos and Don’ts.  While written for Florida parents, the approaches listed in the publication will work for parents in any state. These are helpful guidelines for approaching parenting time and visitation regardless if you are old hands at this, or if you are facing parenting…

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Whether you are meeting with a divorce attorney for a preliminary interview, or getting ready to go into court to do battle after an 18 month process of failed negotiations, there are some things you can do to make certain the meeting runs as smoothly as possible.  Naturally, coupled with these “do” behaviors are implicit…

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In Maryland, both the District Court and the Circuit Court have the power to issue a protective order.  This order is designed to protect you from harm by another person. There are several elements to a protective order, which we discuss below.  Readers should be aware, however, that if they do not meet the elements…

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