Imagine for a moment that you and your spouse are going through divorce proceedings. You didn't sign a premarital agreement so at this juncture, you and your spouse are hammering out financial details such as who will be responsible for making child support payments and who should pay alimony to the other spouse.
We've all seen it before: a television drama in which one spouse, hurt by the fact that they are going through a bitter divorce, takes revenge on their partner by destroying marital assets and frivolously spending money so that their partner gets less when property is divided. Despite the fact that the situation is made up, we often empathize with the characters because we know that divorce can turn ugly and emotional. That's why we don't question the fact that a scenario such as this could easily happen in real life.
If you're an unmarried father living in Maryland, you probably have a lot of questions running through your head right now. But if you're like a lot of other new fathers, none of these questions probably have anything to do with establishing paternity. If this is the case for you, you're not alone.