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Exploring options to avoid litigation in a divorce case

Our readers in Maryland know that getting a divorce can be a complicated legal process. For most couples who are going through the divorce process, there are issues involving property division, alimony, child custody and child support that typically need to be addressed. Although the facts of any given divorce case will be vastly different, the issues are largely the same in most cases.

In recognizing the issues that must inevitably be addressed, some couples approach divorce cases with an eye on potentially reducing their costs and stress levels by, if possible, avoiding litigation. Let's face it: most people have never seen the inside of a courtroom before, and the experience can be intimidating, especially when it is the details of your life on the line. As a result, some couples look to mediation or arbitration to sort through their divorce cases.

Taking action in a domestic violence situation

It is a sad reality that domestic violence and abuse is far too common in America, and Maryland is not immune to these types of situations. Every couple has their problems, but there is simply no place for violence in a home. When a domestic violence situation in Maryland does arise, people need to know that they are not without options.

For starters, those who have been the victim of domestic violence will likely want to take appropriate action. In many situations, that might mean pursuing a restraining order, which is also commonly referred to as a "protective" order. Such an order, issued by an appropriate court, is intended to prevent the subject of the order from contacting the alleged victim in any way, including by phone, email or in person.

Is co-parenting right for your family?

Compared with past generations, joint custody is far more popular among today's parents. While sharing physical custody is not the right choice for everyone in Maryland, research has shown that there are benefits to co-parenting. Even if you are still engaged in high levels of conflict with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, you may be surprised to learn that co-parenting could still be a viable option.

A recent review of 54 studies determined that there are many benefits to co-parenting. The various studies looked at children whose parents shared custody as well as kids who only had one parent with physical custody. Ultimately, the children living in shared custody situations fared better after divorce.

How do you know who will get custody of the child?

Child custody issues can be some of the most heart-wrenching disputes in family law courts in Maryland. Whether the couple is married and going through a divorce, or if they were never married to begin with, sometimes in these types of disputes it can be easy to lose track of the idea that what the parties are really fighting over is what they believe is best for the child at issue. So, how do you know who will get custody of the child in one of these disputes?

Unless there are extreme or unusual circumstances, family law courts typical default to both parents having legal custody of the child, which means they will both have some input into the major decisions that will impact the child's life, such as where the child will attend school or church, or what type of medical care the child will receive. So, oftentimes these disputes are about who will get "physical" custody of the child and who will have visitation rights.

Accident in Maryland results in two fatalities

Our readers in Maryland know that, unfortunately, fatal motor vehicle accidents are all too common in America. The causes of these crashes vary, from drunk driving to distracted driving and even just plain speeding, among many other potential causes. Fatal motor vehicle accidents are oftentimes preventable tragedies.

In a recent fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred in Maryland, the cause was not immediately clear. According to recent reports, the collision occurred on July 27 around 7:30am near Bel Alton on Crain Highway. The reports indicate that a GMC Yukon slammed into the rear of a Toyota Corolla. It appears that there were two passengers in the Toyota in addition to the driver. Both passengers died in the collision, and the driver of the Toyota was transported for medical treatment. The driver of the Yukon, a 31-year-old man, was also injured in the collision and needed to be transported for medical treatment as well.

Making the right decisions in a divorce case in Maryland

When a marriage reaches a breaking point, it can be the hardest decision in your life to file for divorce. However, in many cases, pursuing a divorce can leave both spouses better off afterward. After all, staying in a relationship that is not as rewarding as it used to be can seem like a drag on your entire life.

But, for many Maryland residents, the divorce process may be perceived as difficult, time-consuming and expensive. While it is certainly true that some divorces result in all-out litigation in a courtroom, many other divorce cases will settle out-of-court via direct negotiations or even through the use of the mediation process. From the get-go, having the right information about options in your unique case is what allows a Maryland resident to make the right decision.

What are the different types of damages for car accident victims?

When a victim has been unexpectedly injured in a car accident by a negligent driver, it is important for them to take note that they can receive help with their physical, financial and emotional damages through a personal injury claim for damages. A personal injury claim for damages can help injured victims recover compensation to help them with their medical expenses, lost wages and other damages.

A negligent driver may be liable to compensate the victim for the harm they caused them in a motor vehicle accident. Damages that may be available include medical expenses. Compensation for medical expenses can include compensation for medical bills and future medical care costs as needed. In addition, compensation may be available for permanent disability if the car accident leaves the victim permanently disabled. Damages for disfigurement may also be available.

Warning signs of a hidden asset problem

When you decided to go your separate ways, no matter how long you've been married, you likely understood that your decision would prompt changes in your life. Divorce often has a significant impact on finances, and if you have children, you no doubt want to make sure that you have all you need to provide for them.

Since Maryland, like most states, operates under equitable property regulations in divorce, it doesn't guarantee that the judge will split your marital assets 50/50. However, all family law judges must be fair when they determine who gets what and who will be responsible for debt that accrued during marriage. What if your spouse tries to hide assets?

Help for car accident victims with soft tissue injuries

The unfortunate reality is that soft tissue injuries are not an uncommon type of injury in a car accident. Soft tissue injuries are known to be worse than they immediately seem and can worsen over time which is why it is important for car accident victims to be familiar with personal injury legal protections that can help with the medical expenses and lost time away from work associated with soft tissue injuries.

Soft tissue injuries refer to injuries that impact the ligaments, tendons and muscles of the body which are known as the soft areas of the body. Specific soft tissue injuries can include sprains, strains and contusions.

How property division is handled in Maryland

Property division is likely near the top of the list of concerns divorcing couples in Maryland may have. It is important for divorcing couples to be familiar with how property division is handled in Maryland during divorce so they know what to expect and can protect their interests.

Property division during divorce is conducted in Maryland according to equitable property division rules. For the divorcing couple, this means that the family law court will seek to develop a property division settlement agreement that is as fair as possible to each of the divorcing spouses. This may not mean that marital property is divided in half between the couple, but it will be divided as fairly as possible between the spouses.

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