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Tips for succeeding during and after divorce in Maryland

Divorce is difficult for everyone involved to deal with, especially when the couple has been together for quite some time. Surviving divorce can be done, especially if you prepare for what to expect as it all unfolds. Here are some helpful tips for succeeding during and after divorce in Maryland.

How alimony works in Maryland

Alimony is a payment made periodically from one spouse to another after a divorce and can be ordered by the Court. The payments typically last for a set time period so the formerly dependent spouse can become self-supporting. Alimony can only be awarded in Maryland before a divorce becomes final. This means that a spouse cannot come back after the divorce has gone final and ask for alimony payments.

Child support payments and visitation are two separate issues

Child support and visitation are often some of the worst parts of any divorce. You suddenly go from spending every evening and weekend with your children to only seeing them once during the week and every other weekend. As if that weren't bad enough, you're also expected to pay child support while seeing your children less. It's a perfect storm for frustrations.

The divorce may be final, but some issues are not

A lot of people look forward to getting that final divorce decree in their hands and knowing that their ordeal--and marriage--are over. But hold off on celebrating too quickly, because a "final" decree isn't always as final as it seems. There are a few common reasons that you can end up back in court.

What can I do if my ex is misusing child support funds?

One of the most upsetting aspects of a divorce is often a loss of control over your children's lives and well-being. As the non-custodial parent, you do your part by actively engaging with them during visitation and time at your home. You pay child support to ensure they have everything they need. However, you're beginning to notice that some of your child support may end up spent on things that aren't for your children. Even if you have been trying to go through divorce amicably, the misuse of child support funds could cause tension and disagreements between you and your former spouse.

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