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Birdnesting: A rotating parental custody schedule

For parents, figuring out a child custody schedule can be difficult. When do the children live with you after the divorce? When do they live with your ex? How do you make the transfer of custody? Is it possible to fit this complex schedule into your own busy lives?

You also want to think about what it does to the children. Are they stressed out about having to move? Do they have to switch schools? Will they lose their friends in the neighborhood? These may feel like secondary concerns to you, as a parent, but they're big for your kids.

What happens with your student loan debt when you divorce?

When many husbands or wives consider divorcing their spouses, they often spend a lot of time thinking about how they're going to split up the marital home, the cars and other tangible assets. They seldom think about what happens with the debts that they've amassed. They should, though. This is especially the case with student loan balances since they can be quite hefty.

Maryland is an equitable distribution state. This means that the family law judge presiding over your divorce case will seek to divide up any assets that you share equally between the two of you when you divorce, as well as divvying up your debts.

Distracted driving: 3 main categories

Conversations about distracted driving often focus on specific activities. Using a cellphone behind the wheel is the most common. Experts warn that phones cause accidents and that people should never text and drive.

It is important to look at specific actions to be avoided, but it's also wise to remember that distracted driving is bigger than any one action or event. That's why it's so common. It happens in many ways and for many reasons. Even taking all cellphones out of cars would not entirely eliminate distracted driving.

A change in circumstances could prompt a need for modifications

If you and your spouse decide to take separate paths, you may encounter a variety of difficult decisions as you prepare to open a new chapter in life. If you have children, addressing every vital topic involved with pursuing an amicable parenting plan is likely a high priority, but it can also be somewhat complex.

After reaching an acceptable arrangement, you might be wondering what will happen if circumstances change down the road. While covering every possible future scenario during negotiations could prove challenging, there are a variety of scenarios in which you may be able to seek modifications to the original agreement.

Police arrest a man responsible for a fatal New Year's crash

A pedestrian-automobile crash that occurred at a Towson intersection during the evening on New Year's Eve claimed the life of a 62-year-old college professor. The motorist that police believe is responsible for the decedent's hit-and-run death was finally arrested on Feb. 6.

The decedent, a professor that had been visiting the Baltimore area from his home state of Georgia, was reportedly crossing the intersection of Fairmont Avenue and Dulaney Valley Road when he was struck. The incident occurred at around 7:30 p.m. on the final evening of 2019.

The impact of a divorce on your financial situation

With all of the emotions involved for couples in Maryland going through a divorce, it is easy to see how the financial impact of this legal process may be downgraded in importance. However, there is no denying that the financial impact of a divorce can be significant on anyone's life, which is why it can help to be prepared for this aspect of divorce.

A recent report noted that 75% of people surveyed indicated that they had "no plan" regarding the financial impact of a divorce. The report states that these individuals planned to figure things out as their case went along. But, there are some steps that may help Maryland residents deal with the financial part of a divorce case.

What do you need to know about property division in a divorce?

For many Maryland residents going through a divorce, particularly those who do not have minor children, the issue of property division is the most important topic to address in the case. We all work hard for what we own and attempting to divide up assets can be a tricky issue, as can the issue of dividing up debts. So, what do our readers in Maryland need to know about property division in a divorce case?

Well, for starters, the term "equitable division" is crucial. This legal term means that, unless the divorcing couple can reach their own terms on how to divide property and debt, a family law judge will do so for them in a way that is fair - which doesn't necessarily result in a 50/50 split. Family law judges will look at a wide range of factors to determine what a fair split of the couple's assets and debts would be.

Identifying domestic violence when it occurs

Domestic violence is one of those issues that, while sadly still too common throughout the country, including in Maryland, is also complicated by the unique dynamics of any given relationship.

Furthermore, domestic abuse and violence can come in many different forms. Identifying what, exactly, constitutes domestic abuse and violence is crucial for those Maryland residents who believe they may be victims of this conduct.

Potential problems that could render your prenup invalid

When a Maryland couple decides to marry, they are not thinking about what will happen if they divorce. They are thinking about their wedding day, the honeymoon and life as a married couple. Most people aren't thinking about the potential end to a marriage before it even begins.

However, there are times when it is necessary to consider divorce and beneficial for a couple to consider drafting a prenuptial agreement. This contract can protect a person's rights and financial interests in the event of a divorce down the road. While these contracts can save time and help a couple avoid fighting over property division, there are issues that could possibly render these agreements invalid.

Pursuing a legal claim after a motor vehicle accident

A car accident, like any sudden, unexpected life event, can throw a person's plans offline. Unfortunately, car accidents have the potential to be even more devastating to a person's life than other events, as there is the possibility that those involved in the incident will suffer severe, life-altering injuries. If the accident was caused by another party's negligent or reckless conduct, the victim in the accident may have a potential legal claim to pursue in order to attempt to recover financial compensation.

Car accidents are, unfortunately, incredibly common in America, and Maryland residents are not immune from the danger these incidents present. While it is fortunate that the vast majority of car accidents are so-called "fender benders" and no one gets hurt, the fact remains that car accidents are one of the leading causes of injuries and deaths in America. People who suffer injuries in car accidents are oftentimes faced with large, unexpected medical bills that drain their savings accounts.

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