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Best Interests Of The Child In Divorce

By Hasson D. Barnes |

Divorce can be difficult for couples, without question.  But the couple is not alone in facing changes:  oftentimes children have a tough time dealing with a split that means huge transformations in their daily lives.  That’s why putting their best interests first is always a priority for the courts. Naturally, one of the key… Read More »

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Personal Injury As A Result Of School Hazing

By Hasson D. Barnes |

Greek life is well-known for many conflicting things: charity work, mentoring, and student pride; parties, wild times, and yes, despite state and university bans, hazing. Unlike the perceptions among some, hazing can result in serious mental, emotional, and physical harms, including death. If you or someone you love has suffered significant harm due to… Read More »

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Liability Waivers OceanGate Expeditions And More

By Hasson D. Barnes |

The Titan submersible had been missing for nearly two hours with no word from the crew. The world breathlessly waited for news, but when it came, it wasn’t good. According to the U.S. Navy, evidence suggested an underwater implosion may have occurred. Nonetheless, the search mission continued with hopes for good news.  It was… Read More »

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School Bus Crash Is Alarming

By Hasson D. Barnes |

No one could doubt the sincerity of one student’s description of the accident involving a school bus that flipped onto its side: “surreal.”  Fortunately, while that sums up the experience for the bus driver and the 19 students on board the bus, the incident involved only minor harm for a handful of students, with… Read More »

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Gray Divorce Can Be Costly For Women

By Hasson D. Barnes |

The rate of gray divorce—divorce for individuals who are 50+—has more than doubled in the past few decades, and women are discovering that the aftermath of divorce can be financially problematic.  There are notably difficult financial outcomes for women of gray divorce compared to their male counterparts.  Understanding these challenges is critical for anyone… Read More »

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Can You Modify An Existing Custody Agreement?

By Hasson D. Barnes |

Divorce is a tumultuous time, and the number of decisions you have to make in the midst of the emotional chaos can be overwhelming.  Maybe you just wanted to get out as quickly as possible; maybe you felt intimidated by your spouse and didn’t dare fight for the things you wanted.  But the bottom… Read More »

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Deadliest Driving Holidays

By Hasson D. Barnes |

Across the calendar, holidays splash a bit of comradery and fun into our lives, frequently uniting families across the miles to celebrate together.  One of the downsides of increased holiday travel, however, is the uptick traffic accidents that often accompany holiday weekends. Why do Accidents Increase?  Added to the congested roadways due to the… Read More »

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Wrong-Way Driving

By Hasson D. Barnes |

As inexplicable as it may seem, wrong-way driving is a recurring problem on roadways across Maryland and the nation at large. These incidents result in head-on collisions all too often, and many have fatal outcomes. Causes  What could possibly cause people to drive on the wrong side of the road?  Clearly, they are confused,… Read More »

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Help! I Want To Retire But Am Overwhelmed With Alimony Obligations

By Hasson D. Barnes |

‘Til death do us part—it’s a phrase repeated by so many couples, but one that doesn’t seem to hold water like it did in the old days.  Divorce happens left and right these days, and for many, it can get complicated years down the road as individuals get older and earn less. Especially for… Read More »

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Preparing For Gray Divorce

By Hasson D. Barnes |

Older Americans have seen climbing divorce rates since the early 90’s, with rates doubling for those over 55, and tripling for those over 65.  If you are an older American who is considering a split, it’s important to have a complete understanding of what the financial implications may be. While you can no doubt… Read More »

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