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Maryland residents may be interested in Jolie-Pitt child custody

Some Maryland residents may look at their favorite celebrity couples and think that they will be together forever. However, being held to such a high standard is not always realistic, and even individuals in the limelight can face relationship problems. These issues may be particularly difficult for celebrity couples with children as any child custody and divorce news will undoubtedly be reported on.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are likely attempting to deal with such circumstances after Jolie recently filed for divorce from Pitt. Reports stated that the actress cited irreconcilable differences when petitioning for the divorce, but details on what those differences might have been were not disclosed. The couple has been married for two years but have been in a relationship for over a decade.

Property division may be key in Maryland gray divorce cases

Taking the step to end a marriage is a decision that may not come until later in life for some Maryland residents. However, if this decision is made, there are many aspects that individuals over the age of 50 may need to consider that may have less of an impact on younger parties. Finances are certainly an important area to address, and property division during gray divorce could have a considerable impact.

When it comes to dividing property, understanding the value of different assets may be key. Because money in a checking account may be considered differently than money in a retirement account, what may look like the same amount on paper could actually be viewed differently. Some accounts and assets may have potential to become more valuable later on while others could possibly lose value. 

Property divison issues re college funds in a Maryland divorce

Many parents save money to put toward their children's college funds. If those parents decide to divorce, those funds may become a point of concern when it comes to property division. In those circumstances, Maryland residents may wish to find out more about how certain accounts could be affected when it comes to divorce proceedings. 

If the funds are in a 529 savings plan there is a chance that an ex-spouse could change the beneficiary designated on those funds. As a result, that individual could use the funds for something other than the college tuition of any children and could in fact potentially spend it on a child from a second marriage. Therefore, individuals may wish to specify in their divorce settlement that the funds are to be kept for their original intended purpose. 

Mental issues could play role in Maryland divorce cases

There are various grounds on which individuals may be declared mentally incompetent. If this happens and an individual later wants a divorce, issues could arise concerning the individual's ability to make sound decisions. State law could play a considerable role in whether a person who has been declared mentally incompetent is able to carry out his or her desire for divorce. 

Maryland residents may be interested in such a case currently taking place in another state. Reports stated that a man was declared incompetent and that his wife was named as his guardian. However, the man objects to being considered mentally incompetent and now wants to get divorced. State law has not allowed a mentally incompetent person to get divorced in decades, but the man's case recently reached the state's highest court.

Property division may be complex in gray divorces in Maryland

Many older Maryland residents may soon become more familiar with the term "gray divorce." This phrase is often attached to divorce cases that involve individuals over the age of 50. Because these older individuals are ending their marriages later in life, it is likely that they have accumulated considerable assets and may worry about how divorce will affect their retirement. As a result, property division proceedings could play a major role in their futures. 

Because retirement could be such a focus at this time in a person's life, he or she may want to protect retirement funds. However, property division and the ending of the marriage itself may result in individuals facing a situation that may lack the convenience of their previous arrangements. Individuals may have a more difficult time attending to the expenses of life without the assistance of their spouses, and as a result, they may need to dip into their retirement funds early.

Mediation may help Maryland residents with divorce

When couples discuss divorce, there are many instances in which one individual may feel caught completely unaware by the situation. Because each party may view his or her marriage differently, there is a chance that individuals may not know how to handle their divorce moving forward. However, if parties are able to communicate and interact on relatively friendly terms, mediation may be a viable course to consider.

Before filing for divorce, some Maryland residents many wish to have an open discussion with their spouses about why the situation has come to this point. Some may call it a "negotiated farewell" in which both parties express their feelings and potentially come to a mutual decision regarding the ending of the marriage. If such a task is successful, individuals may be suited for divorce mediation.

Lack of child custody conflict leads to speedy Barrymore divorce

Many Maryland residents may have heard horror stories about divorce cases that went on for months or years because the individuals involved were unable to come to settlement terms. As a result, parties now facing their own divorce cases may fear that issues pertaining to child custody, property division and other aspects may cause them to go through an extended process as well. However, there is a chance that amicable parties could see their divorce end in a matter of weeks. 

It was recently reported that actress Drew Barrymore was able to finalize her divorce from Will Kopelman in such a short amount of time. Apparently, the couple had separated in March, and four months later, Barrymore filed for divorce. Just a few weeks after, the celebrity couple reached their settlement, and the divorce was final. 

Preparing for property division, divorce may be wise in Maryland

There are many events in life that Maryland residents likely hope they never go through but for which they prepare nonetheless. It may be prudent for individuals to treat divorce no differently. By preparing ahead of time for the possible event, parties may face a less difficult time should they find themselves entering into property division proceedings and/or other divorce processes. 

One document that may be considered most useful for such preparation is a prenuptial agreement. Individuals could address a variety of topics in their agreements that they feel may need addressing should they decide to end their marriages. Property division is a common topic, and utilizing a prenup to determine which individuals may be entitled to what property could allow them to save time and effort in the future. 

Info on different divorce paths may be useful in Maryland

When some Maryland residents feel it is time to end their marriages, they may want to move forward with the process as quickly as possible. They may think that simply filing a petition for divorce is all that is needed to get the ball rolling, but there are many decisions that could impact how the proceedings take place. For instance, individuals may want to decide what type of legal process could best suit their circumstances.

Some parties may believe that they could handle the divorce proceedings on their own. However, there is much paperwork and documentation that goes along with the dissolution of marriage, and if individuals do not fully understand those documents, they could further complicate their cases. If individuals would still like to go for a more amicable approach but with some assistance, they may want to consider mediation.

Property division may lead to long proceedings in Maryland

Dealing with the issues that come about during divorce may not always be easy for Maryland residents. There are various aspects that could cause complications during the proceedings, and because each case is different, those reasons also vary. However, if individuals have complex property division proceedings and emotional roadblocks, those parties may be more likely to face a trying divorce.

Having a lot of property or shared assets may make for a lavish lifestyle, but during divorce, individuals could find their division proceedings becoming drawn out. If parties have been married for an extended period of time, it is likely that numerous assets have been acquired and will need attention. Individuals who have been married for a short amount of time may face less complicated processes. 

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