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Child custody and the best interests of the child

Are you going through the divorce process? Have you come to realize that this will impact your family, including your children, in many ways? If you have yet to think about matters of child custody, now is the time to do so. After all, you want to do what's best for your child at all times.

In short, the court takes one thing into consideration when making a child custody determination — the best interests of the child. This may sound basic, but it shows that the court cares about the child's well-being more than anything else.

The many details associated with spousal support

Are you going through the divorce process? Do you have reason to believe that you should receive spousal support once the process comes to an end? If you find yourself in this position, it's a good idea to learn as much as possible about how the system works.

First off, remember this: There are no official guidelines for spousal support in the state of Maryland. Instead, the court takes this into consideration on a case by case basis.

Things to know about alimony

Even if you aren't going through the divorce process, you probably know the basics of alimony. In short, this is a monthly payment that one spouse makes to the other. Also known as spousal support, it is awarded as a means of bringing fairness to the financial impact of divorce.

As you move forward with the divorce process in Maryland, you may soon have questions related to alimony. Most importantly, you'll ask one of the following:

How can you reclaim your life after divorce?

Even if you know that divorce is the right thing to do, you'll soon realize that your life will be changed forever. Fortunately, with the right approach, you can reclaim your life after divorce and realize that there is plenty to live for.

Some of the many things you can do include:

What are the top reasons for divorce?

As one half of a married couple, you should always strive to make your relationship work. There are sure to be times when you don't get along with your spouse. Even so, this doesn't mean you have to go down the path of divorce.

When you understand the top reasons for divorce, you can do your best to avoid trouble in the future. Consider the following:

There are many ways to enforce child support

Has your former partner been ordered by the court to pay child support? If so, you hope that this never becomes a problem. You hope the person makes timely payments, month after month.

Unfortunately, there are times when this doesn't happen. Instead, for one reason or the next, the person feels that he or she can skip payments.

Are you truly ready for divorce?

At some point, you may realize that your marriage is not working. This doesn't mean you are ready for divorce, but it could be creeping into your mind. Before you do anything, you should consider all your options. For example, marriage counseling may be the best way to get your relationship back on track.

There are a few questions you can address to determine if you are truly ready for divorce. These include:

Cultivating a good relationship between lawyer and client

Regardless of what kind of family law issue you are experiencing, you need a lawyer you can trust and one who will protect your interests. Like other relationships, sometimes the personality of the client and the personality of the attorney are simply incompatible. If you have experienced such an incompatibility, never assume that it means your family law issue is irresolvable. It is certainly safe to say that there is an attorney in the Annapolis, Maryland, area with whom you can develop an effective relationship.

A good relationship between you and your attorney can improve your chances of achieving an acceptable outcome. This can be especially so in family law matters when the stakes are often quite personal. One way you can help to cultivate a good relationship is by understanding what he or she can and cannot do for you. Having realistic expectations can often smooth the way for all parties involved.

Actress's divorce settlement will go to charity

Actress Amber Heard, who recently divorced Johnny Depp, has reportedly donated her divorce settlement to charity. The couple reached their agreement on Tuesday, Aug. 16, a day ahead of their scheduled court appearance. Heard's final settlement totaled seven million dollars. These funds will be split between the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, and the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.

Reportedly, the ACLU is to use its portion of Heard's donation specifically for its efforts in stopping violence against women. The actress accused Depp of domestic violence during their relationship and filed for a restraining order against Depp in May of this year. Heard said she has volunteered for the children's hospital for more than ten years and understands how her donation can make all "the difference between life and death for a child."

When your co-parent does not make child support payments

Not receiving the child support payments you are due can lead to severe financial challenges. In turn, this can have a negative impact on your ability to care for your children. Even one missed payment can make all the difference in the quality of life your kids enjoy, and numerous missed payments can be disastrous. Most parents in Maryland already know the effect of missed child support payments. What they often do not know is what can be done to remedy the situation.

Fortunately, the state of Maryland does offer several enforcement options for the custodial parent, each one developed to encourage the non-custodial parent to make good on his or her support responsibility. Under federal and state law, the Child Support Enforcement Administration, or CSEA, has the necessary authorization to implement a number of actions to ensure child support obligations are met. These include wage garnishments, interception of tax refunds, asset garnishments, credit bureau reporting and a great many others.

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