According to the most recent National Pet Owners Survey, about 71.1 million households in Maryland and throughout the rest of the country own a pet. About 44 million of these animals are dogs, making it probable that individuals who are going through divorce might have to determine how to handle dealing with the dog as part of their property division. Although many individuals feel and treat their pets like they are members of the household, the law usually requires animals to be treated as property.
When a marriage ends, couples in Maryland may find they have a number of issues to deal with, such as where they will live, custody matters and financial pressures. These details can make or break a divorce settlement and wind up costing them hundreds of thousands of dollars if they aren't careful. Readers might be able to learn from three common examples of expensive mistakes.
Maryland residents may have followed former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer's story that broke in 2008. The then-governor admitted to having paid for sexual encounters with prostitutes. At the time of that story, his wife stood by his side. After the news broke, she removed herself from the publicity that her husband's position had required.
Same-sex marriage appears to be a popular topic in the news. Maryland residents who follow the subject might be interested in learning about a divorce case that took place in Indiana. The case has come under scrutiny because a judge rejected the divorce petition of a transgender woman on the basis that she could not dissolve a marriage that she considered already void under state law. The couple had married in 1999 and filed for divorce in 2012.
Maryland residents may have seen the national news regarding two fathers who recently returned to California with their abducted children. Their two sons had been kept in Europe by the boys' mother more than 18 months prior. The mother, a 32-year-old Slovakian woman with legal U.S. residency, had previously shared child custody of her 10-year-old son with his father, a former president of Hollywood Records. The woman also shared custody over her 4-year-old son with his father, a voiceover agent residing in Beverly Hills.