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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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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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Can Your Tax Refund Make A Desired Divorce Possible?

By Hasson D. Barnes |

If the anticipated cost of getting a divorce is the biggest obstacle to escaping a bad marriage, tax season may be a godsend for you. Couples across the country are finding that splitting up is worth every dollar when they have a chunk of cash coming back from Uncle Sam in their annual tax… Read More »

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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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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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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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When Men Suffer Domestic Violence In Their Marriage

By Hasson D. Barnes |

If you are a man who experiences violence at home at the hands of your wife, what are your options going forward?  Domestic violence (DV),  is a serious issue, regardless of who is the victim, and while getting someone to listen to you and believe you is an issue for both genders, for men,… Read More »

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Positive Changes In Maryland Divorce Law

By Hasson D. Barnes |

Many are cheering the changes to Maryland’s notoriously onerous divorce laws that come into effect in October 2023, noting that the time and drudgery associated with getting a divorce in the state will lessen to a significant extent. Welcome to No-Fault Divorce  One of the biggest and most welcome changes in the law involves… Read More »

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Is The Seven-Year-Itch A Real Thing?

By Hasson D. Barnes |

How long does the average marriage last for first-timers in this country? Eight point two years. Some say the mythical seven-year-itch takes its toll, and couples decide to split after spinning their wheels for a period of time. What does research have to say about it? Adult Cycles  The truth is that  researchers have… Read More »

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