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High asset divorce cases could involve hidden assets

When a Maryland couple chooses to end their marriage, a large part of that process will involve negotiating the division of marital wealth. The early stages of property division include a full disclosure of assets. After all, spouses cannot negotiate how to divvy up their assets until a full accounting has been made. Unfortunately, there are many cases in which a spouse will take steps to try and hide assets during a divorce.

Popularity plays little role in the best interest of the child

Maryland parents who are preparing for a child custody case should take the time to consider how their relationship with their child is defined. When families are intact, both parents often share in the duties of creating and enforcing the rules by which their children live. Once a divorce has taken place, it is not uncommon for one or both parents to begin making an effort to achieve a position of "favorite parent" with their kids. This is a flawed approach, and it is usually not in the best interest of the child or children.

Obtaining legal custody of a foster child can be a challenge

For one family in a southern state, the struggle to adopt a relative's baby has ended in heartbreak. The couple claims that they were misled by workers from their state's Division of Family and Children's Services (DFCS). They believed that they would be able to gain legal custody of the child. The end result, however, was a decision to leave the child in the foster home where he was placed after being born in prison. This case has received media attention in Maryland and across the nation.

Graduation is no time for child custody tension

As summer grows near, families all across Maryland are preparing to celebrate graduation. When a child receives his or her diploma, the event marks more than just the culmination of their secondary education; it is also symbolic of the transition from childhood into adulthood. This is a time that should be remembered, for all of the right reasons. Parents who have gone through a difficult divorce or child custody battle must remember that graduation is about the student, not the parents.

Addressing a mortgage during a Maryland divorce

When a Maryland couple decides to end their marriage, one of the primary concerns is often what to do with the family home. The most financially sound decision is usually to sell the home and divide the proceeds, but many spouses feel strong attachments to their homes and do not wish to sell. This leaves only a few options, not all of which will work for every couple who seek divorce.

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