May 2012 Archives

Maryland court approves same-sex divorce

The Maryland Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state, has allowed a same-sex couple to file for divorce, despite the fact that same-sex marriage will not be legal in the state until 2013. The case sparked a national debate on whether states without same-sex marriage can recognize same-sex marriages that took place in other states.

Pinault questioned at child support hearing

In the latest development in a long-running child support dispute, French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault was asked why he failed to promptly accept paternity of his son, whose mother is supermodel Linda Evangelista. Pinault claimed he was distracted by the birth of a second child he fathered with actress Salma Hayek, to whom he is currently married. In Maryland, an unmarried father's paternity must be established before he is obligated to pay child support.

Be gentle, honest when telling children about divorce

While divorce is often stressful for separating couples in Maryland and elsewhere, it can be even more difficult for children. Children whose parents are undergoing divorce can feel confused, angry, guilty and depressed, making it important for parents to make the right decisions when telling their children about an ensuing divorce.

Maryland Senate passes inmate child support bill

The Maryland Senate recently voted 25-21 in support of a bill that would suspend child support obligations for prison inmates. While the bill's critics question its implications, its sponsors say it will make sure convicts are able to make child support payments upon their release from prison.

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