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August 2013 Archives

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Does complex property division keep people from getting divorced?


It is doubtful that any of our Maryland readers thinks that a person contemplates divorce as a lighthearted and easy decision. For most people, the decision is gut-wrenching. No matter whether a marriage has lasted one year or 20, divorce essentially results in the complete disintegration of what was once a happy home. But, the fact of the matter is that there are probably just as many people in America who stay unhappily married because they don't know what to expect from themselves post-divorce. A recent article recognized that one of the biggest overriding problems for these types of people is one of the largest parts of the divorce process: property division.

USDA releases report detailing cost of raising a child


Raising a child can be quite costly in today's world. According to a new annual report known as the Cost of Raising a Child report, the USDA found that middle class families that had a child in 2012 can expect to spend $241,080 raising that child to age 17. This equates to a 2.6 percent increase since 2011 with the jump resulting from higher healthcare, child care, education, and clothing costs. The USDA claims this report is helpful for families who are planning on having children and also for courts setting child support guidelines.

Complex asset division, other disputes can occur in any divorce


Americans are fascinated with celebrities. But when a high-profile couple goes through a high asset divorce, the media frenzy can be astonishing. That has been the case since news broke that Rupert and Wendi Murdoch would be getting a divorce. Rupert Murdoch is one of the wealthiest people in the country, and the fact that he himself is the chief executive of a major news corporation is only adding fuel to the fire. But, as a recent article noted, there may be some ways for the average Maryland resident to benefit from watching this type of divorce unfold.

What is the best response in a child support dispute?


For many Maryland couples who go through a divorce animosity is unavoidable - at least at first. It is probably very rare that both spouses will come through the process without ill will directed toward each other, and that is understandable. Even the most amicable divorces can still leave one or the other spouse with hurt feelings, a sense of loss or feelings of betrayal. This can be especially true if children are involved.

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