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Amar S. Weisman and the Law Offices of Amar S. Weisman expresses gratitude for the service of the truly Honorable Mickey J. Norman. As a young attorney, Judge Norman challenged Amar S. Weisman to prepare and litigate seriously, respectfully and faithfully to the law.
Ask any group of people for a list of reasons a couple might file for divorce, and you’re likely to get familiar-sounding answers. Maybe the couple has irreconcilable differences? Maybe one spouse became violent? Or maybe a couple simply decided their love was gone? Whatever the case, the hypothesized reasons will usually stem from assumed issues in a relationship. So what would you think if we told you that Medicaid might have something to do with whether a couple stays wed or unties the knot? A report from NPR explains.
As recent as even a few decades ago, growing up in a single-parent household would have been considered unusual. For centuries, society upheld the notion that a two-parent household was the only way to raise a family. As a result, the majority of children found themselves being raised by a nuclear unit that consisted of both a mother and father.
For years, and arguably centuries, divorce has been an event seen as more of a time of mourning than a time of celebration. Having entered hopefully into marriage, many feel that the dissolution of a marriage is something to be regretted, rather than applauded. Society has generally supported this belief, relegating divorce to a quiet, somber event, instead of a reason for joy. However, as social norms continue to evolve, new and different perspectives on the emotions surrounding divorce have been born.
Divorce. It’s one word that always seems to be on everyone’s mind. With so many very public and sometimes scandalous celebrity divorces in the magazines, it seems only natural that marriage, divorce, and the way we think about love may be evolving in the 21st century. But what’s the real deal with marriage and divorce statistics? We’re here to explain.
Divorce. More than ever, it seems to be on everyone’s mind: and for good reason! Any time you flip open the latest celebrity magazine or start up a conversation with your neighbor, it seems like someone is untying the knot. While this practice is increasingly common, it is not necessarily increasingly easy to do.
Throughout history, parenthood has followed rigidly defined terms, most notably holding to the assumption of the parents being married and in a heterosexual relationship. However, society today is different from society 200, 100, and even 50 years ago. Social norms are changing. And, as a result, the definition of parenthood is changing, too.
Everyone who works in the County Courts Building can confirm that men and women file for divorce year-round. Unless it happens to be a state holiday, there is invariably someone on the second filing a Complaint for Divorce. On the other hand, I know from experience that there are seasonal patterns and cycles. For example, every December I see the number of divorces go down and the number of reconciliations go up.
Choosing to get married is one of the most life-changing decisions you can make. In doing so, you join your resources and aspirations together with another person, altering everything from living style to vacation destinations in an effort to come to a happy compromise with your chosen partner.
As you prepare to enter into the legal state of marriage, you may be thinking about how you can protect your assets. While no one anticipates getting divorced before tying the knot, it is smart to make sure your bases are covered, should this relationship not work out as planned. While some see this kind of thinking as a bad omen, we believe that having your finances protected and in good standing is a reasonable and practical step to take.
During divorce, asset division can be a highly contentious topic. No matter how generous two people may be in normal day-to-day life, things can rapidly change when the conversation turns to dividing assets that were once a symbol of a happy marriage.
It can be shocking when a couple who have been together for a decade file for divorce, but more and more couples who have successfully raised families decide to go their separate ways after the children are grown up. Once that common concern of children is taken care of, some incompatibilities may be more difficult to ignore.
The Law Offices of Amar S. Weisman understands that clients want the Divorce Process to be as efficient and private as possible. From time to time, we will settle a case that has gone on for months in just a few days. Although celebrities often serve as awful role models, Cal Ripkin and Kelly Ripkin, as usual, did things the right way thanks to excellent legal representation.
The passage of a new law often brings with it a sense of hope and optimism. And when these laws apply to the area of family law, we definitely take note. After all, family law helps people navigate some of the most difficult phases of their lives. And any law that might assist in making that phase as smooth as possible is certainly welcome. So, you can imagine that when the latest round of laws went into effect on October 1st, there were two that especially caught our attention.
When it comes to marriage, it is important for both spouses to be on the same page. Deciding to unite also means sharing responsibilities. Earning money and taking care of the home have long been two of the main spheres that couples must tend to.
All divorces are traumatic. No matter how long or short the marriage; no matter how much or how little money is at stake; whether there are children or not; whether you or your spouse first expressed the desire to separate; the truth prevails that all divorces are traumatic.The reasons are obvious:
- You invested years into the marriage that you will never get back.
- You invested money into the marriage that you might or might not get back.
- You invested hope into the marriage and probably every person going through a divorce fees foolish, at least for a day.
Now that school is in full swing, children have a number of things with which to concern themselves. However, for kids whose parents have recently gone through a divorce, schoolwork and family life can leave them feeling helpless and/or stressed.
The entertainment world has been filled with news related to celebrity divorces and general turmoil in recent months. One of the latest celebrity couples to finalize their divorce is actress Amber Heard and actor Johnny Depp. After only 15 months of marriage, the couple has decided to call it quits, with Heard ultimately seeking a temporary restraining order against Depp after claiming that he was physically and verbally abusive to her during the marriage.
If you are faced with legal issues, it is important for you to work with a skilled, knowledgeable and personable Towson family lawyer. Many people use various criteria to choose an attorney who will best suit their needs at the time, but having a lawyer who not only wins cases but is also pleasant to deal with is of utmost importance -- particularly when dealing with crucial issues, like child custody, visitation or divorce.
For some married couples who have reached an impasse in their relationship, the handwriting is on the wall as far as divorce is concerned. Still, even though the marriage is not working, are you really ready for divorce and all that comes with it? Making the decision to stay or go is never an easy one, which is why your Towson divorce lawyer wants you to consider the following information as you continue to contemplate divorce.
Prior to many Maryland couples making the ultimate decision to divorce, many of them go through a period of separation. However, it is important for those couples to remember that they are still, in fact, married even during the separation period. That said, it is imperative that individuals keep in mind that their finances will still remain connected in some way even though they are living in two different places.
Baltimore County Family Lawyer Discusses Maintaining a Close Relationship With Your Child Post-Divorce
Unfortunately, many parents who make the decision to divorce their spouses do so with only one thing in mind -- getting out of the relationship as quickly as possible. However, it is also important to keep the children in mind when going through the process, as divorce is often quite tough on them as well.
Depending on the circumstances, child custody issues can lead to heated arguments and constant debates between divorcing parents -- arguments that often continue well beyond the court’s final decision with respect to custody. In such cases, the couple may consider using a parenting coordinator. But what is the purpose of a parenting coordinator and how can one help?
There are always exceptions, but based on my knowledge and experience I consider alimony difficult to obtain in shorter marriages. Many blame the challenge in obtaining alimony in shorter marriages to a vague "national trend." I think the reason is simpler and closer to home: Judges apply the factors articulated in MD Family Law Article §11-106(b) to decide whether to award alimony and those factors weight against alimony candidates who are younger people in shorter marriages. Consider: