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Include the right things in your prenuptial agreement

Preparing to walk down the aisle can be a time of great excitement, but it is also a time to think about the future beyond your wedding date. It may not seem like a romantic prospect, but many marriages do end in divorce, and you may be wise to have a contingency plan in place. You can do this by drafting a prenuptial agreement. 

A prenup is a common tool used by the wealthy to determine which spouse gets what in the event the marriage ends at some point in the future. However, it is not something that is only beneficial to those with a lot of money or significant assets. There are many benefits to having a prenuptial agreement for Maryland couples of all income levels.

What do you need to know about child custody in Maryland?

One of the primary divorce legal issues that must be resolved when parents in Maryland decide to end their marriage is child custody. It is important to understand what child custody and visitation looks like in Maryland. This is true whether parents are negotiating a parenting plan out of court or whether they are turning to a judge to make child custody decisions.

There are two types of child custody in Maryland. One is legal custody. A parent with legal custody has the right to make important decisions regarding the child, such as where the child will go to school, what religion the child will practice and the child's healthcare options. One parent can be granted sole legal custody or both parents could share joint legal custody.

I-83 in Baltimore sees its fair share of motor vehicle accidents

People in Baltimore may jest on social media that car crashes on Interstate 83 often occur by the fabled Pepsi Sign. However, the fact of the matter is that the entire stretch of I-83 in Baltimore sees more than its fair share of motor vehicle accidents. A study conducted by the Baltimore Department of Transportation reports that I-83 in Baltimore sees over two times as many motor vehicle accidents than all other comparable interstates in the state.

According to the study, annually there are over 37 collisions per mile on the stretch of I-83 that goes through Baltimore, resulting in around 250 to 300 accidents each year. Of these crashes, 26 percent were rear-end collisions and almost 20 percent of collisions involved one driver side-swiping another driver.

How do protective orders help victims of domestic violence?

While no relationship is perfect, sometimes a person's safety is placed in jeopardy by a spouse, romantic partner or relative. When this happens, a person in Maryland might want to seek a protective order. A protective order is a civil order of the court that prevents one individual from doing certain things against the individual seeking the order. There are temporary protective orders and final protective orders. These orders are meant to protect the safety of victims of domestic violence.

A temporary protective order can prevent the abuser from harming the victim. It can mandate that the abuser stay away and not contact or harass the victim at the victim's home, workplace, the victim's child's school and the homes of the victim's relatives. Under certain circumstances, a temporary protective order can mandate that the abuser leave the residence he or she may share with the victim. A temporary protective order can also give the victim temporary custody of any children or pets he or she has with the abuser.

What to know about modifying child custody

Life changes quickly, especially for parents. You see your child develop distinct personalities and perspectives on the world around them. And it’s not a surprise to see changes in your own life, whether it’s a new relationship, job or environment.

Many parents find changes influence their child’s life as much as their own. It makes it crucial to ask for a modification to child custody before your former partner argues against it in the courtroom.

What to do after you've been in a motor vehicle accident

No one leaves their house thinking that today is the day they're going to be in a car accident. Yet many motor vehicle accidents happen every day in Maryland. Some are quite serious, involving injuries or even fatalities. But even a minor "fender-bender," can still leave a driver shaken up, especially if the crash was not their fault. It is important for all motorists to understand what they should do following an auto accident. Keep in mind that the information in this post is for general purposes only, and those who are involved in a car crash will want to seek professional legal advice on what steps they should take in their specific situation.

Immediately after the crash occurs, it is important to stay calm. Seek medical help for anyone who may be injured in the crash. If possible, all vehicles should be moved to the side of the road, so they do not obstruct traffic or place those involved in the crash at risk of being struck by a second vehicle.

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.

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