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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.

Taking the right steps after a motor vehicle accident occurs

A car accident is a sudden event that can leave those involved nerve-racked and unsure of what to do next. In motor vehicle accidents that cause injuries, the most important first step is to make sure that medical treatment is rendered to those in need.

These situations are usually serious enough that people involved, or witnesses, will call 911 so that emergency personnel will get to the scene as soon as possible.

Will a divorce impact your plans for retirement?

Most people who are getting ready to go through a divorce in Maryland have numerous concerns. Chief among the concerns are likely to be those issues that will have an immediate impact on life, such as child custody, child support, alimony and property division. However, it never hurts to think long-term. For example, how will a divorce impact your plans for retirement?

A recent news article discussed this issue and noted that, among the primary impacts of a divorce on retirement, plans may need to be pushed back. How long? Well, that depends, as every divorce is different, as are the retirement accounts and other assets that will be involved in each case. But, as the recent article noted, a divorce can set people back, in financial terms, so it may take longer to save the required amount of funds for retirement that you set as a goal.

Will "virtual visitation" be a part of your child custody plan?

Our readers in Maryland who are going through a child custody dispute in the family law courts understand how important this issue can be to the overall good of the children and the parents involved.

In many cases, both parents want what is right for the child in question, but they disagree on what that is. So, some situations call for creative solutions. "Virtual visitation" may be part of that solution.

There are a lot of drunk drivers in Maryland

If you're one of many Maryland drivers who commute to and from work every day, you likely know what it's like to be in bumper-to-bumper traffic at 4 p.m. when all you really want is to get home for supper. In addition to congested roadways, there are many dangers lurking every time you get behind the wheel. In this state and most others, one of the greatest menaces to traveler safety is drunk driving.

Just because you drink a beer or glass of wine then drive a car, it doesn't necessarily mean you are breaking the law. As a licensed driver, you're obligated to adhere to all traffic laws and safety regulations and to make responsible choices regarding alcohol consumption. Not everyone does, however, which is why it pays to know the signs of drunk driving. It might help you avoid disaster.

The right approach to property division in Maryland

Although any divorce has the potential to get bogged down with complicated issues, the issue of property division can be a problem in almost every case. Even when the divorcing couple is amicable enough to realize that it makes more sense to try to reach an out-of-court agreement that addresses all of the issues in the case, property division can be a tough issue to overcome. But, with the right approach, divorcing couples in Maryland can get through even this difficult part of a divorce case.

But, what is the right approach? It can differ on a case-by-case basis. Out-of-court negotiations are one option, while in other cases the issue is so contentious that all-out courtroom litigation is the only option. No matter which approach is right for your case, protecting your rights is crucial.

Man dies when struck by suspected drunk driver in Maryland

It is a harrowing experience to have your car break down and find yourself on the side of the road. It can be even worse when you are stuck on the side of the interstate, with vehicles passing by at high rates of speed. The obvious danger when these elements coincide can lead to deadly results.

According to reports, this very scenario occurred recently near I-695 and I-95 in Maryland. The reports indicate that a man was near his disabled vehicle in the shoulder lane on September 26 during the morning commute hours when he was struck by a white Ford van being driven by a 26-year-old man. The collision caused the pedestrian's death. The pedestrian was 29 years old.

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