While 2010 Census statistics show that only three percent of individuals who receive spousal support are men, family law attorneys report noticing a different trend. Recently, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, which has 1,600 members, reported that 47 percent of these divorce attorneys in Maryland and throughout the country have seen an increase in men asking for spousal support.
According to the State Department, between 2008 and 2012, 7,000 children were taken out of the country by a parent and not returned. This leaves the remaining parent behind, trying to regain parental rights from foreign entities who have no incentive to assist them. Maryland parents who have been 'left behind" may be interested in a bill sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith that would require the president to take action in cases where countries do not cooperate in resolving abduction cases. The bill would also require the State Department to provide statistics and obtain agreements with countries not bound by the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
Family law issues can be complicated and emotional. Courts numerous guidelines and precedents to follow when ruling on family matters like divorce and child custody. While these guidelines have been developed and refined over the years through legislation and prior rulings, family law outcomes don't always seem to be fair.
The choice to end a marriage is more than a highly emotional decision for many Maryland residents. It also produces a considerable amount of anxiety due to the complex issues involved, such as custody, finances, taxes and possible litigation. General knowledge about the divorce process is critical for helping individuals ask the best questions during the first consultation with legal counsel.