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Special Rules for Youth to Marry in Maryland

By Hasson D. Barnes |

People get married for lots of reasons. While romantics like to think of love as the primary motivation for tying the knot, there are other incentives for some: money, healthcare, opportunity, parenthood, and sometimes, to escape a bad situation. Regardless of the reason, Maryland legislators this year took a look at the younger subsection… Read More »

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Your Rights in Divorce and Custody: Stay-at-Home Dads

By Hasson D. Barnes |

Are you a stay-at-home dad who is the primary caregiver? If so, you are not alone. Last year, nearly 2 million dads chose to stay home and raise the kids, and almost 32,000 of them are right here in Maryland. That’s about 16 percent of all the parents who stay home with children. Why… Read More »

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Child Custody Evaluations in Divorce Proceedings

By Hasson D. Barnes |

When parents cannot agree on custody issues in a divorce, the court has a number of support services available designed to help them make sound decisions regarding their children. Some commonly utilized interventions include courses in co-parenting, problem resolution training (known as parent coordination), mediation services, assistance with mental health issues, monitored child exchanges,… Read More »

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Collecting Child Support when Parents don’t want to Pay

By Hasson D. Barnes |

Raising a child requires a lot of time and money. Statistics provided by the United States Department of Agriculture shows that in today’s economy, supporting a child from birth to age 18 will cost the typical middle-income family over $230,000. After that, expenses associated with college or trade school, weddings, and other support can… Read More »

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Escaping Domestic Violence in Maryland

By Hasson D. Barnes |

When a former Hartford church rector was charged with domestic violence, it may have surprised some people. The pastor was accused of striking his wife across the face during an argument. As things intensified, the couple’s children became involved, and he purportedly assaulted them, as well. The man was arrested, and contact with the… Read More »

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Marital Assets that Should be Kept in Mind During your Maryland Divorce

By Hasson D. Barnes |

Splitting marital assets is never easy. Knowing how to value property fairly can be overwhelming. But remember, assets include far more than houses and cars. The devil is in the details, of course, and a local Baltimore attorney can address the specifics of your situation. Pensions: The Bangs Formula  One thing that should always… Read More »

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What Rights do Grandparents have in a Divorce?

By Hasson D. Barnes |

When a couple divorces, it can put serious limits on the contact children have with family members. In the case of grandparents, the issues can get particularly tricky. If the custodial parent is not interested in allowing a former spouse’s parents the opportunity to interact with the children, does it mean the end of… Read More »

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Grounds for Divorce in Maryland

By Hasson D. Barnes |

Let’s say your marriage is on the rocks. You’re considering a divorce, but do not know what constitutes legal grounds for divorce. What circumstances allow you to legally split from your unhappy union? A knowledgeable local attorney can explain the details, but this overview of Maryland law will help get you started: Grounds for… Read More »

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Escaping an Abusive Marriage

By Hasson D. Barnes |

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence gathered statistics on domestic violence (DV), nationally, and by state, and those statistics may be surprising. The statistics reveal that if you are a victim of DV, you are not alone. Over 30 percent of women and 25 percent of men experience domestic violence at some point in… Read More »

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Mediation to Navigate your Divorce

By Hasson D. Barnes |

If you are ready to end your marriage, you have some difficult decisions and complicated maneuvers ahead. One thing that might make it easier is to have an experienced mediator facilitate the split. The truth is, there are many advantages to mediation. A Productive Environment  If you have a difficult relationship with your spouse—and… Read More »

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