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December 2012 Archives

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Tax planning and divorce - how do they fit together?

Some of our Maryland readers may find themselves asking at some point, "Is there ever a good time for a divorce?" Well, for some people, particularly those who are anticipating a high asset divorce, the answer might just be "Yes - next year."

Visitation rights become an issue for Ravens player in dispute

No doubt many of our Maryland readers are fans of the Baltimore Ravens. Although it has been a somewhat up and down season for the NFL team, they have clinched a playoff spot and will be headed for the postseason. However, it has not been all good times lately for the Ravens players. One player, reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs, has been dealing with a few legal issues with his fiancé and children.

Former NBA star accused of failure to pay child support

Besides the potential detriment to the child, the failure to pay child support can have significant negative effects on the parent who fails to pay. Many states will incarcerate an individual for failure pay child support in a timely manner, while others will order people to complete community service or other, less severe punishments. Whichever approach is taken, most people know that supporting a dependent through a child support agreement is viewed as a significant obligation by society - and the family courts which enforce the agreements.

Failure to pay child support leads man to sell house

As readers of our previous posts have probably seen, the failure to pay child support is a serious concern in Maryland and throughout the country. Billions of dollars are owed throughout America in child support arrears, and it doesn't look like the problem is going to be getting better anytime soon. However, a recent effort in Maryland turned out to successfully result in the full payment of one man's unpaid child support - an effort that came at the last possible moment for this man.

Custody and a parent's disability - what's right, what's wrong?

Our Maryland readers probably know that a custody dispute can be one of the most heartrending parts of a divorce or any other type of an end to a relationship. Child custody can be one of the most contentious issues for a separating couple to come to terms with, especially when both parents feel like they are equally involved in the child's life. There are a variety of factors that a court will consider when trying to make the determination regarding what is in the best interests of the child. But a recent news story highlighted one factor which may be inadvertently rising to the surface in some cases: a parent's disability.

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