There has been a significant increase in the amount of gray divorces, or the divorce of couples after the age of 50, and a new tax law signed at the end of 2017 has the potential to affect them.
People in the Maryland area may be breathing a sigh of relief after their divorce settlements are over, but life doesn’t often stand still, and the reality is that sometimes additional modifications of the divorce settlement terms can be necessary and beneficial.
People in Maryland may have seen an interesting article about the often-quoted figure that half of all marriages end in divorce. While it seems easy to quote and sounds believable, statistical analysis shows that this is not the case and probably never has been in history. In fact, the divorce rate across the United States seems to be dropping since the economic downturn that began in 2007, so 50% is a figure that has even less merit today.
People in Maryland who have gone through a divorce may feel as if a great weight has been lifted off of their shoulders. In some ways, it certainly has. Getting out of a messy divorce or a bad relationship can be a very freeing feeling, but for parents and people with alimony orders, it may not be the end of their legal obligations to their children or their ex-spouse.
People in Maryland may have seen a recent editorial article in Forbes about the likelihood of spouses, in particular stay-at-home mothers, receiving court-ordered alimony after a divorce. The trend in recent years has been that women, even mothers who have elected to stay at home and raise the children rather than enter the workforce, may not be as likely to receive alimony as they once were.
With so much controversy over domestic violence in the news, a lot of people in Maryland probably have questions about how state law defines domestic violence, and what people who are concerned about domestic abuse can do to protect themselves.
People in Maryland and all over the country have been transfixed on the story of Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was recently banned from the NFL and cut from the team after graphic footage of Rice knocking his wife unconscious with a punch in a hotel elevator surfaced in media outlets.
People in Maryland know that divorce can be extremely stressful, and unfortunately many people are not well equipped to deal with the negative emotions and stress that often accompany a marital breakup. One tragic, but common side effect of a high-conflict divorce is domestic violence and if the problem is not met head-on with immediate legal action, the consequences can be devastating.
Divorce can be a complex process, especially for people that have children or have to deal with splitting up a significant amount of marital assets. Not surprisingly, there are many potentially stumbling blocks that might cause delays before the actual finalized divorce settlement is reached. Even then, the court must review and agree to accept the settlement, which can be an arduous process if the settlement is in dispute.
In Maryland, getting started with a divorce filing isn’t always as simple as just filling out some paperwork. Maryland law requires a married couple to meet certain qualifications before an absolute divorce can be granted, so it helps to know what grounds qualify a person to file for divorce before getting started.