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July 2014 Archives

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In some cases, alimony amount not set in stone


When Maryland couples divorce, one party may be forced to pay the other spousal support. In most cases, this alimony is paid until either party dies or until the receiver remarries. But what happens if the payer becomes unemployed or experiences a decrease in income? Can the payments be modified, at least for a temporary amount of time?

Asset division tricky when one spouse wants to buy a new home


Maryland couples who are in the process of splitting up will find property division to be quite complicated - especially when the marital home is involved, which it almost always is. This is especially true if the couple is still legally married and one of the parties wants to buy a new home. It's not always feasible to wait until the divorce is finalized before applying for a mortgage on a new home. While there are ways to get around this, the process of asset division can be challenging because there are many things to keep in mind.

Child custody matters grow frightening when parents abduct kids


When their parents go through divorce, Rockville kids are sometimes caught in the middle of two emotionally-charged factions. While they may prefer to stay with one parent or in one household, the kids are often forced to split their time between their parents' two homes based on the child custody and visitation schedules their parents establish. For most families these schedules are necessary to keep the relative peace. For others, they are unworkable arrangements that force parents to do rash things.

Property division more complex in subsequent divorces


When Maryland couples marry early on in life, say, in their 20s, they typically do not have much in terms of assets. They might be fresh out of college and just starting a career. However, when people divorce and get married again in their 40s, 50s or beyond, there is usually more at stake should that marriage also end in divorce. Because of this, it is important for anyone considering a second, third or subsequent marriage to take stock of their assets, and look into a prenuptial agreement.

When child support modification may be needed


Raising a child can be costly for many Maryland parents. It is often financially impossible for one parent to care for a child alone, which is why states go to great lengths to ensure that non-custodial parents are fulfilling their child support obligations. Nonetheless, what happens if a parent becomes unemployed for an extended period of time and cannot pay the monthly amount? Alternatively, what if the parent gets a better-paying job or a sizable raise; can the custodial parent request a child support increase? These are changes in circumstances that can be addressed in a child support agreement modification.

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