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Is a short-term child support modification possible?

There may be times when you require a long-term or permanent child support modification, such as if you are facing a serious medical concern.

Conversely, there are situations in which a short-term child support modification makes more sense.

Be on the lookout for signs of hidden assets in your divorce

There is a certain degree of financial uncertainty that goes hand-in-hand with an impending divorce. Unless you have an ironclad prenuptial agreement, chances are good that the courts will have the ultimate say in who gets what.

In general, Maryland courts do their best to fairly divide both assets and debts acquired during your marriage. However, when one spouse attempts to hide assets from the courts or the other spouse, that can unfairly skew the outcome of the asset-division process.

These divorce mistakes have a way of creeping up

When you're planning for divorce or moving through the process, you may assume that you have everything in order. What you don't realize is that something bad could be creeping up on you, eventually getting in your way and making it difficult to reach the end of the road.

Here are four divorce mistakes that have a way of sneaking up on you:

  • Neglecting to understand the financial impact: There are many sides of this. For example, you need to create a property division checklist. You should also have a list of all your joint debts. Additionally, since you're losing the other person's income, you may need to adjust your personal budget accordingly.
  • Letting your emotions get the best of you: Even though you'll be emotional during this difficult time, you can't let it stand between you and a successful divorce. Keeping your emotions in check will allow you to more quickly and efficiently reach a resolution.
  • Focusing too much attention on yourself, and not enough on your kids: Yes, you need to do what's best for you, but at the same time your kids are top priority.
  • Neglecting to plan for the future: As you focus on the here and now, you may overlook the impact of divorce on your future. Things such as tax implications associated with property division should be on your radar.

Enforcement of child support: What are your options?

Even when a noncustodial parent is ordered by the court to make child support payments, it doesn't mean that he or she will actually do so. For one reason or another, there could come a point when you realize that you are not going to receive payments as required by law.

As the custodial parent, you should look into the action you can take in order to receive the money you deserve. The court can impose a variety of consequences for failure to make child support payments, such as:

  • Wage garnishment
  • Withholding federal income tax refunds
  • Seizing property
  • Suspending a business or occupational license
  • Revoking the person's driver's license
  • The denial of a passport

Top questions children ask about divorce

There are many challenges associated with the divorce process, including the conversation you'll have with your children.

It's never easy to tell a child about your divorce, as you don't know how he or she will react. Furthermore, you're sure to have several questions thrown your way, some of which can be difficult to answer.

Financial challenges facing parents after divorce

Once you realize that your marriage is doomed and divorce is the only answer, it's time to turn your attention to the future.

As scary as it may be, the sooner you look down the road, the easier it becomes to implement a financial plan that will keep you safe and sound.

Don’t let child custody matters spoil your summer vacation

Planning a summer vacation can be a lot of fun, especially if you'll be traveling with your child or children.

Unfortunately, if you're divorced, matters of child custody can get in the way. Here are some steps you can take to avoid trouble:

  • Talk to the other parent about your plans in advance: You shouldn't spring your vacation plans on this person at the last minute, as it may upset him or her.
  • Stick with your schedule: Once you have a vacation schedule in place, don't change too many details. For example, if you alter the dates, it could get in the way of something the other parent has planned for your child.
  • Review your child custody agreement: Before you do anything, review your agreement to make sure you're not doing anything that will violate it. For example, if you're not allowed to take your child out of the country, you shouldn't attempt to do so.
  • Let your child stay in touch with their other parent during the trip: Telling your children that they aren't allowed to contact their other parent can spoil an otherwise good time. Encourage them to keep an open line of communication, such as via text messages or regular phone calls.

Have you answered these divorce questions?

As you close in on the divorce process, don't be surprised if you have hundreds of questions rolling through your mind. While some are more important than others, you need to address each and every one in a timely manner.

Here are some of the many divorce questions that you can't afford to put off, as they will have an impact on the process from beginning to end:

  • Are you completely sure that you want to move forward with divorce? Have you tried everything possible to fix your marriage?
  • How much does it cost to complete the divorce process?
  • How long does it take for a divorce to be finalized?
  • What are the goals and benefits of divorce mediation?
  • What happens if divorce mediation does not work?
  • Does the court require that I work with a divorce attorney?
  • What happens if my divorce case moves to the courtroom?
  • What happens if you decide to get back together with your spouse?

Co-parenting: Do these things to avoid a fight

Once your divorce is finalized and your parenting agreement is in place, you'll know what's expected of you in regards to the way you raise your child.

Co-parenting is every bit as challenging as it sounds, especially if your ex-spouse is not willing to do his or her part in making it easier.

Are you familiar with the goals of divorce mediation?

It's one thing to say that you're going to use divorce mediation to your advantage, but another thing entirely to understand what you're getting into as the process moves forward.

It's imperative to become familiar with the many goals of divorce mediation, as this will give you a clear idea of what to expect along the way and how to adjust your approach to put yourself in a position to succeed.

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