Marriage

“Marriage Story” – Fact or Fiction?

“Marriage Story” – Fact or Fiction?

(Or, finding the better path - a divorce lawyer's perspective.) "Marriage Story" might more accurately (though less invitingly) be titled "Divorce Story". It's a tale about the divorce experience. While that experience is unique for each couple, the film touches on...

Divorce & Isolation – Don’t go it alone…

Divorce & Isolation – Don’t go it alone…

Divorce invites isolation. This happens with the separation.  From one home into two.  From an intact marriage into two estranged spouses.  From an intact family into splitting time with the children.  Suddenly. This happens with extended family...

Marrying Minors – More than Meets the Eye

Marrying Minors – More than Meets the Eye

Legal Background: Currently, Maryland Family Law Article §2-301 allows minors to marry under the following circumstances: A 16 or 17 year old, either: With the parents’ or guardians’ consent and swearing that the person is aged 16 or older; or, Without consent, but...

Resilience – A Work in Progress

Resilience – A Work in Progress

Resilience is not something we have or don't. Resilience is something we can build - at any age. This New York Times article focuses on practical tips for building resilience in middle age. "Scientists who study stress and resilience say it’s important to think of...

How long is too long to wait for relationship improvement?

How long is too long to wait for relationship improvement?

"When it comes to marriage, or long-term monogamy, we have to take the good with the bad, the weak with the strong. But what I’m not hearing here is a clear sense that your boyfriend is troubled by the inequalities in the relationship, that he’s working on his...

Relationship Contracts – A Paradigm Shift

Relationship Contracts – A Paradigm Shift

A recent article in the New York Times, To Stay In Love, Sign on the Dotted Line, describes a more deliberate process - a written relationship contract - for what many (if not most) couples do instinctively.  At its simplest, a relationship is a contract - an...

2017 Maryland Family Law Legislative Update

2017 Maryland Family Law Legislative Update

The 2017 legislative session saw the introduction of relatively few family law bills, but with a surprising number passing (especially as compared with 2016). Subject to veto by the Governor until May 30 (which is not anticipated), the following bills were passed into...

The Unraveling of Divorce Need Not be Your Undoing…

The Unraveling of Divorce Need Not be Your Undoing…

Divorce often feels like an unraveling. Of a relationship. Of the family. Of the home. And, more challengingly, of yourself. The one relationship becomes two people with separate, yet often still intertwined, lives. Especially with children. What was one family...

What’s in a Name? Volume 2

What’s in a Name? Volume 2

In the 2017 legislative session, the Maryland Generally Assembly passed into law an update to existing law on restoration to a former name in a divorce. HB793: Family Law – Divorce – Restoration of Former Name (to view the...