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Asset division is not just about "assets." It's also about debts. In extreme cases, where a couple is underwater with a massive amount of debt, the property division process could be more about dividing debt than actual assets.
Having to decide who is going to walk away with what is a difficult aspect of the divorce process. If you have a bit of forethought, you can take steps before you even get married to make this process easier if the marriage does end.
A recently retired Maryland Judge, Judge C. Philip Nichols Jr., reflected on his decades-long career on the bench and was happy to "be part of something that made a difference." The 19th Chief Judge of the 7th Judicial Circuit of Maryland in Prince George's County retired on his 70th birthday, which is the state-imposed retirement age for judges.
Divorces that occur later in life, after the age of 50, are usually referred to as gray divorces. These divorces can be a little more complicated compared to the ones that happen earlier in life, before wills, trusts, and inheritances come into play for most. Here are some common divorce issues that arise when splitting up later in life.
The topic of divorce is no longer a taboo. In fact, so many couples get divorced that it has become a common occurrence in Maryland. No matter how long your marriage lasted, it can still be difficult to determine if it's time for divorce. Here are some common questions to ask yourself to determine if divorce is appropriate for you and your spouse.
You and your former spouse may agree that divorce is in the best interest of everyone involved. You may even agree on some or all of the terms. However, there are probably still some issues, like division of assets or child custody, that you can't agree on. Many couples start out considering an uncontested divorce but end up in a protracted court battle when they fail to agree on terms for the divorce. You don't have to let that happen to your family. If you and your former spouse are sure that divorce is in your future but you're struggling with the details, it may be time to consider mediation.
Sometimes, an issue preventing someone from getting a divorce is the possibility of spending tens of thousands of dollars that they do not have trying to protect their rights. Indeed, no one wants to be taken advantage of in divorce simply because they don't have a financial warchest to defend themselves. Because of this, some people waste a great deal of time trying to gain a tactical advantage.
With the calendar turning to May, we are still quite a ways away from January. Why is that significant? Because the first month of the New Year is traditionally the most popular month for divorces to be initiated. It is likely that people in troubled marriages want to start the New Year fresh by leaving a troubling spouse.
Domestic violence is a danger to the victim in the relationship. The person who is a victim suffers from mental or physical injuries as the person who is the abuser tries to take control of the other person. Those who struggle with this in their relationships may have a hard time seeking a divorce for fear that the abuse will worsen. Fortunately, there are protective orders to help.