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Working toward the best solution in a child custody dispute


A Maryland divorce is often filled with emotion and drama, especially if children are involved. Both spouses fight over child custody and argue over who is the better parent. The parents focus on what they want rather than tend to the best interests of the child. Unlike other assets, it's difficult to split a child, which is why it is important to have a family law attorney who understands your situation and helps you work with your spouse toward a fair outcome.

What qualifies as 'income' factored into child support payments?


When many Maryland residents think of income, they may think solely of the money they receive from their jobs. This is typically in the form of a weekly, biweekly or monthly paycheck. However, when a parent must make child support payments, the courts consider just about any type of money received to be included in his or her actual income amount. According to General Assembly of Maryland, income is a broad term that encompasses a variety of monetary sources.

How Maryland parents can modify a child support order


When Maryland parents divorce or split up, one of them typically pays child support to the other. This monthly amount is based on state guidelines as well as the noncustodial parent's income. Sometimes after the court issues the order, though, drastic life changes occur. These situations can prevent a parent from paying the full child support amount on a timely basis. That is why a modification may be sought.

Why you should consider lump sum alimony


Unfortunately, divorce comes with many financial consequences, including spousal support. It is rare to find a divorced Maryland man or woman who enjoys paying alimony to an ex-spouse. However, it is an obligation often ordered by the court, especially if one spouse is financially unable to support himself or herself for a temporary period. Although most alimony payments are made on a monthly basis, there is the option to pay it all in one lump sum. Is this something you should consider?

What to consider before filing for a high asset divorce


While marriage can be hard, getting divorced is even harder. When many Maryland couples get divorced, they end up fighting over all the assets accumulated throughout the marriage. Besides asset division, there are many aspects involved in a high asset divorce, especially if the couple has been together for many years. Those looking to call it quits may want to consider the following before filing for divorce - and possibly regretting the decision.

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