In the wake of the United States Supreme Court decision to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, same-sex couples across the country have wondered what this means for them. In Maryland, some same-sex couples will have access to benefits to which they were not previously entitled.
Maryland residents may be interested to know that a 68-year-old oil tycoon worth an estimated $20 billion and his 58-year-old wife of 26 years are taking their divorce battle to an Oklahoma City Court. The founder of Continental Resources may be required to pay his wife as much as $8 billion in the final settlement. That would top the $4.5 billion award given to the former wife of a Russian billionaire.
Some Maryland grandparents are joining a growing trend throughout the country in which grandparents are raising their grandchildren. When children are unable to live with their biological parents, courts now make an effort to place them with someone they know. Ideally, this is a family member. Children raised by their grandparents may be brought up with values similar to those of their parents, and this can contribute to a sense of stability. Whether grandparents step in due to death, mental illness, incarceration or for some other reason, going to live with them may be less disruptive for children than other solutions.