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Researchers question the affect divorce has on our work lives

We can say with incredible certainty that going through a divorce will have a significant impact on your finances. That's because there is a considerable amount of research out there that tells us this is true. When it comes to children, we can say again, with relative certainty, that they will also be affected by the process, which is something we pointed out in a post last month. We can say this because of psychological studies and because of the professional opinions of experts in the field.

But what about your job? Does the divorce process have any effect on your performance at work? This is the question some researchers hope to answer with a new study that could offer invaluable insight into the all-encompassing effect divorce has on our daily lives. "What's surprising is that we really don't know how divorce affects people's work," explains one researcher. "It's only anecdotal at this point."

Divorce, Social Security benefits and you: What you need to know

As we have mentioned many times before on our blog, many couples are waiting until later in life to divorce. Whether because of timing or a newfound social acceptance, "grey divorce" has become a popular alternative to staying in a troubled marriage after retirement. But as we have pointed out in past posts, waiting to divorce until later in life can create difficulties as well as raise a number of questions.

One area that typically raises concerns involves a person's ability to claim Social Security benefits. As you may or may not know, the Social Security Administration allows a person to collect spousal benefits prior to their own full retirement age if their spouse is of full retirement age. This allows a couple to maximize their retirement benefits, which typically ends up being a main source of income in most cases. But what happens if the couple divorces? Can they still receive spousal benefits?

Making a custody arrangement? Consider what the kids have to say

Figuring out a child custody agreement both parents can agree to can be incredibly challenging in some situations, especially if neither parent is willing to become the noncustodial parent or agree to a joint custody arrangement. But as hard as parents think these disputes are on them, some experts believe the effect is far worse on children, who are typically caught in the middle with nowhere to go.

In this respect, some believe that asking a child about their living arrangement preference is a good idea because it can stave off resentment toward one of both parents down the road. As a Psychology Today article explains, this is especially true among teens because they begin developing their adult identities around puberty. During this time, they typically want to have more control over their lives and environment by making more decisions. This may include having their desires considered during custody negotiations as well.

How bragging on social media could affect your alimony obligation

It's uncommon for Marylanders to care about legal cases in other states. It's even rarer, though, for them to care about cases in other countries. That's because most people know that the outcomes of these cases are affected by laws that do not pertain to residents in Maryland. Nonetheless, we'd like to call our Gaithersburg readers' attention to a story from India. That's because the legal issue at stake is one that could raise questions in our country as easily as it did overseas.

The issue at hand concerns an alimony obligation. According to reports, a man was ordered to pay more alimony after making seemingly boastful posts on social media about his wealth despite his petition to the court stating otherwise. After presenting evidence to the court, the order for alimony was affirmed and the ex-husband was told to continue supporting his wife and child.

New England court says it can't reverse a divorce

If you're interested in learning about intriguing legal issues, then you've come to the right place. In today's post, we're going to be taking a look at a divorce case that involves a rather unique set of circumstances. Though the case takes place in another jurisdiction far from that of Maryland, the elements of the case raise an important question worth asking in our state and others: Can you ever reverse a divorce decree?

Let's take a look at the case:

What do I do if my former spouse won't return our child?

Imagine that you are a custodial parent who is expecting to pick up your child after a scheduled visit with your former partner. But when you go to retrieve your child, they are not there and neither is the noncustodial parent. If you're like most parents, you might start to panic or worry about whether you'll see your child again. You may even wonder what your next legal steps should be to ensure that this never happens to you.

Situations like this are not uncommon in Maryland and other states. Noncustodial parents have been known from time to time to refuse to return their child to the custodial parent. In these cases, custodial parents are not wrong to feel worried or concerned, but they should know they have options.

On record-keeping and alimony

Alimony is an incredibly important part of family law. It helps people who made certain sacrifices during marriage, or require a certain financial footing to live their life, to move on after a divorce. If alimony is awarded in your divorce, whether you are the paying spouse or the receiving spouse, there are some specific steps you will want to take in order to ensure you are properly keeping track of your alimony.

Arguably the most important thing to remember about alimony is that it has massive tax implications for the former spouses. If you are the paying spouse, the alimony that you pay can be deducted from you tax filing. And if you are the receiving spouse, that alimony is part of your taxable income. Reporting this correctly is very important.

Don't make these 3 high-asset divorce mistakes

Unless you've been through the divorce process before, most people are caught off guard when they are served with divorce papers. Most people have no idea where to begin, let alone how the rest of the process will proceed. Many of these people will simply allow their emotions to take over, guiding them through the divorce process for better or for worse.

But while some may believe ignorance is bliss, ignorance of the law can lead to trouble, which is not something we want any of our Montgomery County readers to encounter. That's why we are going to look at three mistakes high-asset divorce couples make in the hopes of helping these couples avoid potentially challenging issues later on.

What should I do if my spouse isn't following a custody order?

If you're a non-custodial parent with a restrictive custody agreement, you probably cherish every moment you get to spend with your children. For you, these visits are a way for you to remain connected to your children and ever-present in their lives. If you lost these moments, you might lose the relationship you've worked so hard to maintain.

Unfortunately, in some cases, custodial parents have been known to ignore custody and visitation agreements out of malice. In these cases, negative feelings harbored by the custodial parent against their former spouse cause them to deny visitation, oftentimes without legal standing.

Impacts to your taxes after divorce

If you're currently going through divorce proceedings, many of your legal questions are likely being answered by your attorney. If you've obtained the services of an experienced family law attorney, then they've probably explained the rights afforded to you by law and how the process will proceed in the upcoming weeks or months.

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