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In-Laws And Divorce

By Hasson D. Barnes |

When a couple divorces, it impacts lots of people besides just the couple themselves. Setting aside all of the snide witticisms about unmanageable mothers-in-laws, plenty of couples struggle with how to navigate interactions with in-laws.  While there’s no distinct answer that addresses every situation, there is universal understanding that these relationships will be changing…. Read More »

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In Pursuit Of Motorcycle Safety

By Hasson D. Barnes |

As 28-year-old Jake Garrett took his Kawasaki down the road in Lexington Park one late afternoon, he certainly didn’t anticipate that an Explorer would start to negotiate a U-turn right in front of him, leading to a collision that resulted in his death. It was just one of many horrendous motorcycle accidents here in… Read More »

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What You May Not Know About Divorce

By Hasson D. Barnes |

Most of us know someone who is stuck in an unhappy marriage—probably several people, in fact. With all the misery we hear about, plenty of people are still getting married, hoping that their love story is immune to the wretchedness they see elsewhere.  But nearly as common as marriage in this country is divorce…. Read More »

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Road Rage In Maryland

By Hasson D. Barnes |

It’s a grim problem that has led to thousands of injuries and hundreds of fatalities across the United States: road rage. Here in Maryland, cases of road rage that spiral into serious incidents are setting off alarms; the incidents are all too frequent, and all too dangerous: Recent Incidents in Maryland  If you think… Read More »

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Did You Rely On A CPAP Machine That Made You Sick?

By Hasson D. Barnes |

Sleep apnea:  it’s a condition that affects millions of people, many of whom literally stop breathing while asleep. It’s a frightening diagnosis, but one that has a pretty simple intervention: a simple medical device that ensures consistent breathing throughout a sleep cycle. What a relief, right? You bet– unless the use of the device… Read More »

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Happy New Year! Let’s Get Divorced

By Hasson D. Barnes |

Every word, every gesture, every moment of the holidays with your spouse felt phony. You stuck it out, but it wasn’t easy, and you really can’t imagine much more. You’ve been pretty miserable for a long time, and, to tell the truth, you haven’t done much to contribute to the relationship yourself. So even… Read More »

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Parallel Parenting With A Toxic Ex

By Hasson D. Barnes |

Effective co-parenting is purported to help kids survive a divorce with peak emotional health.  Even so, it is oftentimes easier said than done. Even for individuals who are truly committed to working hard to ensure kids feel loved and supported, and who recognize the importance of having their ex in their kids’ lives, it… Read More »

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Bus Crash Results In Injuries

By Hasson D. Barnes |

Dozens of passengers suffered injuries when a University of Maryland commuter bus careened into a light pole on Route 1 in Prince George’s County. While none of the injuries appeared to be serious at first glance, many of the passengers were understandably shaken by the event. What to Do in this Kind of Event … Read More »

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The Right Of First Refusal May Be A Good Idea In Your Parenting Agreement

By Hasson D. Barnes |

Sharing  custody of children following divorce is a guarantee that there will be times when the parent who has custody finds themselves in need of childcare so that parent can work, socialize, or otherwise be away from home.  When this happens, the other co-parent may prefer to pick up a little extra time with… Read More »

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Keep Kids Safe

By Hasson D. Barnes |

There is nothing worse than sending children off to school, only to discover that they will be spending an extended length of time in the hospital–or may never come home again at all—due to a traffic accident that occurred on the way to or from school. It’s every parent’s nightmare—one that too many Maryland… Read More »

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