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How can social media affect your divorce?

It can seem like almost everyone has some kind of social media account these days. Whether it is a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other account, pretty much every Maryland resident has an online presence. But, when a Towson area couple has decided to end their marriage and get a divorce, a social media account may lead to complications.

There are ways in which a social media account can lead to issues with a divorce proceeding. Many Towson area residents don't consider their social media accounts to be a problem but there are ways in which these accounts can cause problems. One is that a social media account can provide evidence in court. Text messages, Facebook postings, etc. can be used as evidence to show what a person has done. A social media account can also hurt a child custody case. Especially if there are pictures or postings of one person being an excessive drinker if they are in charge of a child. Also, if a person isn't careful, their social media posts may show hidden assets. It is important to not post about expensive vacations or new vehicles, etc. Finally, if a person is seen as dating by posting on social media or engaged in dating sites it can be evidence of cheating during the marriage.

How is property divided in a divorce in Maryland?

Despite a couple's best efforts, not all marriages last forever. A divorce is a situation in which many couples never thought they'd find their relationship and it can be a stressful situation. One of the more contentious issues in a divorce is property division.

Maryland is an equitable distribution state. This means that the courts often work to ensure each spouse receives an equal portion of marital property. Although this may not mean they get equal distribution, often the courts allow each spouse to receive fifty percent of the marital property.

Creating a child visitation schedule

Property division and child custody and visitation issues are some of the top items a couple needs to work out in their divorce arrangement. Maryland residents who are going through a divorce may want to think about their child visitation policy and how best to arrange one for their children.

Although when a couple gets married they expect they will be married forever, unfortunately many marriages end up in divorce. Many times these couples have children and child custody and visitation arrangements are an important part of the divorce settlement. Creating a child visitation schedule starts with a foundation that has a basic repeating cycle.

Addressing the retirement impacts of divorce

Feeling uneasy about their financial situation in retirement appears to be pretty common among seniors here in the United States. In a recent survey of U.S. adults ages 60 to 79, 67 percent of respondents said they wished they had saved more for retirement.

Among the things that can throw off retirement plans and leave seniors anxious about the future are financial shocks. The survey points to such shocks being pretty common for older Americans. Over half of the people surveyed (56 percent) had been touched by negative financial situations.

Can a custodial parent move out of state without consent?

If you are going through a divorce, you should not be surprised if you have a desire after it is finalized to make a fresh start to your life. In many cases, people will move to a new location or find a new job in another city. However, if you are a parent after a divorce, more specifically, the custodial parent, can you move out of state with a child? 

Every driver can help reduce distracted driving accidents

In Maryland, it is not uncommon to see another driver make a mistake, whether minor or major, due to some form of distraction. It should come as no surprise that distracted driving accidents account for far too many car accidents on the roads each year, but what can drivers do to reduce this risk?

For starters, it is important for everyone on the road to know the likely risk factors associated with distracted driving accidents. By knowing what contributes to car accidents, every driver can take steps to reduce the likelihood of these types of accidents in the future.

What to consider when splitting assets

When getting a divorce, you are presented with the daunting task of splitting assets. There are many things to consider such as what was acquired during the marriage or what value some of the assets hold. Some values change while others are difficult to put a number on. Not everything can be simply split in half.

This can be especially difficult if there is contention between you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse. Arguments and inability to come to agreements on some of or all the assets can prolong a process that is often already lengthy.

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