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Can You Relate To Bill & Melinda Gates’ Unhappiness?

By Hasson D. Barnes |

The world was surprised—if not shocked—to hear that Bill and Melinda Gates were calling it quits.  After 27 years of marriage, one of the richest power couples in the world are joining the club of gray divorcees.  How does the flame go out for seemingly happy and productive couples after decades together? The Gates’… Read More »

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Will Your Marriage End Along With The Pandemic?

By Hasson D. Barnes |

The expected surge of divorce that was predicted by many due to the strains of the pandemic never did occur.  In fact, just the opposite was true across the country, as divorce numbers sharply declined throughout 2020 according to a study by Bowling Green University.  More than 300,000 fewer couples split up than statistically… Read More »

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Why Americans Divorce & How To Get Started In Maryland

By Hasson D. Barnes |

If you are considering a divorce, you’re not alone.  Although divorce rates have been declining in the last decade (as have marriage rates), there are still plenty of divorces filed across the country every day. For every 1,000 marriages in America each year, about 15 couples file for divorce.  For whatever the reasons, some… Read More »

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Looking For A Good Divorce Attorney?

By Hasson D. Barnes |

You need a divorce attorney.  Yesterday.  You’re overwhelmed with your spouse’s announcement that the marriage is over, and your head is spinning as you look at the endless list of firms advertising divorce attorneys on the internet.  How are you supposed to make heads or tails of it all?  Choosing the right attorney to… Read More »

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Financial Viability After Divorce: Social Security Options for Older Divorcees

By Hasson D. Barnes |

As an elder facing divorce, you may be feeling some trepidation about maintaining the standard of living to which you’ve become accustomed during your years with your spouse.  To be sure, a divorce means a sharing of assets, and both partners will be looking at significant adjustments in most scenarios.  However, in Maryland the… Read More »

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Has Domestic Violence Destroyed your Marriage?

By Hasson D. Barnes |

The shudder of violence is a constant thread in your marriage. It started out so perfectly, leaving you unprepared for the darkness that slowly enveloped you.  Was it a sudden, inexplicable burst, or did the danger creep in, one heavy step at a time? If you are like other victims, you may have questioned… Read More »

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Steps Leading up to Divorce

By Hasson D. Barnes |

There’s nothing pleasant about divorce, yet roughly half of couples opt to pursue the legal termination to marriage.  What happens to the marital relationship that brings people to this point?  One counselor shares the top five reasons that couples say lead to giving up on marriage. They Don’t Communicate  When daily chores become part… Read More »

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Celebrity Divorces Cost Millions

By Hasson D. Barnes |

While property settlement issues are never easy, when huge amounts of money are involved, the eye-popping settlements can provide both former spouses with luxury living for years to come.  Such is the case in many celebrity divorces, where well-known stars wind up paying spouses millions when the marriage falls apart. Property Division in Maryland… Read More »

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You Want a Divorce, but Can’t Locate your Spouse: Now What?

By Hasson D. Barnes |

Is your marriage on the rocks?  Maybe the daily grind of bills, kids, work, and life in general has become so stressful you just don’t know how to manage it all anymore? Perhaps you’re contemplating divorce.  But there’s one big problem: your spouse has skipped out on you and left you holding the bag. … Read More »

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The Science of a Peaceful Divorce

By Hasson D. Barnes |

Peaceful divorce?  Believe it or not, it’s not impossible.  Recent studies have identified some of the triggers to emotional discord in the process of divorce.  As you navigate the way forward, you can make conscious decisions to avoid these pitfalls, improving the sense of calm for both you and your spouse throughout this typically… Read More »

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