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Notification requirements for parent moves

Preparing to move can be a very hectic process during which a person has a substantial amount of things on their plate. Moves by parents who are divorced/separated are certainly no exception to this.

Sometimes, the hecticness of preparing for a move will cause certain things to slip a person's mind. This is understandable; we are all only human after all. However, there are certain things that it can be incredibly important for a person to not forget to do when preparing for a move. For divorced or separated parents who have minor children who are covered under a custody or visitation order, one of these things is to check to see if there is anything that the custody/visitation order requires them to do in regards to a move.

Mediation an alternative to litigation in child custody matters

There are many fears that Maryland parents may have when they are trying to work through a child custody matter. One thing they might be afraid of is that the custody matter will end up leading to a big court battle.

There are many different reasons why a parent may feel very strongly about wanting to avoid a big court battle in a custody matter. They may be concerned about the financial toll such a battle could take. They may be worried that such a battle could be emotionally scarring to their kids. They may be afraid that the contentiousness of such a battle could make it much more difficult for them to work together with their ex to achieve what is best for their kids in the future.

Nearly $1 billion judgment made in high-asset divorce case

Recently, a judgment was made in a high-asset divorce case that has been all over the news: the divorce of Harold Hamm. Hamm is the CEO and majority shareholder of Continental Resources. The judgment illustrates a couple of things about high-asset divorces.

For one, it shows how much can be at stake in such divorces. The judgment regards how much Hamm will be required to pay his ex-wife as part of the divorce. In the judgment, the judge in the case ruled that the required amount will be $995.5 million, with around a third of this amount being required to be paid by year's end and the rest being paid through future installments.

Apps being used in the fight against domestic abuse

One group that the domestic violence problem here in America especially impacts is young women. Sadly, quite a few young women end up experiencing the horrors of abuse by a romantic partner. The demographic group with the highest likelihood of suffering domestic abuse is women between ages 16 and 24.

Getting young women who have experienced domestic violence information regarding what they can do to seek help is very important. However, there can be some challenges when it comes to getting this information to those who need it. Domestic violence victims may not know where to go for such information or may be afraid that if they try to seek out such information, their abuser will find out and further harm them.

Why might a couple be drawn to a collaborative divorce?

Divorce disputes are not something for which there is only one available resolution method; in fact, there are several different methods out there for resolving such disputes.

Each particular divorce dispute resolution method has its own specific strengths and weaknesses. Which method is best suited for a given divorcing couple can be incredibly situation-dependent. Family law attorneys can provide divorcing individuals with info on these different methods and give advice on what things to consider when deciding what dispute resolution method to pursue.

Divorce causes and alimony matters

There are many financial matters than can be significant issues in high-asset divorces. One of these is the issue of alimony.

Given how complex and important alimony issues can be in a Maryland divorce, there are many alimony-related questions divorcing individuals might have. One of these is: can what led to a couple's split impact alimony matters?

In certain instances, a grandparent may be able to seek custody

Most grandparents care a great deal about their grandchildren and want nothing more than for them to have a happy and fulfilling childhood and life.

Thus, it can be incredibly emotionally wrenching for a grandparent when trouble strikes a family and it appears that their grandchild is no longer receiving the care and support they need while in parental custody. In such circumstances, a grandparent may have significant concerns about their grandchild's future and a great desire to help them. One thing a grandparent in such a situation may wonder is: could I seek to have custody of my grandchild transferred to me so I can ensure my grandchild has a good environment to grow up in? 

Watching your words around loved ones who are divorcing

When an individual decides to divorce his or her spouse, that individual's loved ones often question how they can best be of service during this time of transition. If one of your loved ones is seeking a divorce or has recently finalized one, the most important thing you can do is be supportive in the ways that your loved one needs you to be. Note that your loved one may need you to be supportive in ways that are foreign to you and ways that may differ significantly from what you would need in the same situation.

Unfortunately, even individuals with the best of intentions can make the divorce process more trying for their loved ones simply by forcing certain kinds of support on them, regardless of what kinds of support they actually need. One of the best examples of this reality is the kinds of things that loved ones choose to say to divorcing individuals.

Survivor stories: Why domestic violence victims struggle to leave

You were likely drawn to your romantic partner for a number of reasons. When he or she turned violent or otherwise abusive, you likely struggled to reconcile the person you learned to love with the individual he or she becomes when abusive. This confusing duality is only one of a host of reasons why it is often difficult for victims of domestic violence to leave their abusers.

In the wake of several recent and high-profile domestic violence scandals, a number of domestic violence victims have begun to share their stories on social media. These stories are being shared for a number of reasons, and not least because these individuals want others to understand why they "didn't just leave" at the first sign of abuse and because they want other victims to know that they are not alone.

Dealing with financial abusive behavior by a romantic partner

Within the context of a romantic partnership, abuse can take many forms. Physical abuse can lead to devastating physical injuries, while emotional abuse can lead to psychological scars. Both of these kinds of domestic abuse are relatively well understood and various networks of support exist to help those who have been victimized in these ways by their romantic partners. However, an additional form of partner-related abuse is far less understood. But lack of understanding does not make combating this kind of abuse any less essential to the wellbeing of those it affects.

Financial abuse occurs when one romantic partner exerts extraordinary amounts of control over his or her partner's finances. Of course, there are situations in which an individual can exert this kind of control and not be abusive in doing so. For example, if a spouse is gravely ill and the other spouse makes all the couple's financial decisions as a result, this may be a situation in which this kind of control is exerted as a form of support. However, in other circumstances, financially abusive behavior allows one spouse to keep the other under his or her control.

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