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Former NFL star requests child support agreement modification

Many of our Maryland readers - especially those who are Baltimore Ravens fans - probably remember former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson. Johnson terrorized his AFC North division rivals for several years before his career began a quick and decisive downward trajectory. He was once considered one of the best wide receivers in football, but he hasn't played any significant downs in quite a while, last being a short-term member of the Miami Dolphins. As it turns out, Johnson's football career prospects aren't his only problem: since he is basically unemployed, he is reportedly having trouble paying child support as well.

Setback for Maryland same-sex marriage - divorce can be expensive

That didn't take long. As the excitement about the legalization of same-sex marriage in Maryland begins to die down, new issues are popping to the forefront. Hundreds of couples may have rushed to the courthouse as soon as they had the chance to formally legalize their relationship, but now, like a word association game show, comes the next stage: I say "marriage" - you say "divorce."

Custody disputes can take a toll

Sometimes a Maryland resident embroiled in a divorce can see a custody dispute coming from a mile away. The proceedings get contentious, neither side can agree to any term offered by the other side and both sides are fighting to gain child custody in any way they can. When it comes to this, some people just feel hopeless. That may be a factor for actress Kelly Rutherford, who is currently going through some serious ups and downs in her child custody dispute with her ex-husband.

Have you considered college savings when dividing assets?

Our Maryland readers may have seen previous posts here discussing the variety of problems that can be encountered by a divorcing couple in attempting to reach an equitable division of marital property. Of all the issues involved in the divorce process, property division can be the most complicated in many cases. Why is that? Well, oftentimes some assets just cannot be split, and in other instances assets are for the good of someone else - specifically college savings accounts for the divorcing couple's children. A recent article noted the difficulty in dealing with this type of asset and offered a few tips.

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