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November 2013 Archives

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Unpaid child support a major problem, but Maryland makes strides


Most of our Maryland readers probably know that child support is a financial obligation that millions of parents throughout the country depend on to help with the every day expenses involved in raising a child. But most people probably also know that there are many parents with an obligation to pay child support who do not do so in a timely manner. A recent report detailed just how extensive the problem is in America.

Holidays can test the bounds of physical custody arrangements


Among the numerous issues that need to be addressed by Maryland couples going through a divorce, perhaps the most difficult for many will be determining a child custody arrangement. In the best of situations the divorcing couple is able to come to terms with an agreement outside of court - one that works for all of the parties involved. But, in the worst of situations, the child custody dispute turns into a full-fledged battle in court, with each parent fighting desperately to sway the judge's ultimate decision on physical custody and legal custody.

The divorce is over - now what about the kids?


For many Maryland residents who go through a divorce, just getting to the end of the legal proceedings can bring a lot of relief. But, for couples with children who then have to coup with a post-divorce child custody arrangement, the end of the divorce brings about a whole new dynamic for their family life. Finding a way to deal with this new situation can be difficult, and the realization that it may last for years can be especially daunting. Recognizing the challenges a post-divorce parent can face, a recent article provided a few suggestions on how to accept and make the best of the new arrangement.

Child support division in a Maryland county receives recognition


Most of the news stories our Maryland readers see that address child support situations usually cover celebrities either seeking thousands of dollars per month in child support or facing penalties because of a failure to pay child support. So, it is always good to see positive news coverage surrounding this difficult family law issue - like the report that the Child Support Enforcement Division of one Maryland county recently received an award from the state Department of Human Resources.

Can technology play a role in avoiding child support disputes?


Technology seems to play a part in everything Americans do these days, so why not child support too? That seems to have been the thinking behind an Internet application designed to help both paying and receiving parents keep track of child support obligations.

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