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Seeking relocation may be in the best interests of child

It is entirely possible for two parents to love their child but not necessarily be in love with each other. Families have a lot of different dynamics these days, and in order for child-rearing to go smoothly, a child custody arrangement need be in place to ensure everyone knows what to expect. What about when a parent with physical custody thinking about relocation? Relocating a child in a child custody arrangement may be in their best interest.

Child custody arrangements often have limitations about where the primary physical custody parent can reside in relation to a child and their other parent. This is to ensure that parents with joint custody can realistically meet the obligations of their child custody agreement and do so in a way that doesn't put too much stress on the child. However, an opportunity or a family circumstance may have the physical custody parent thinking about moving or relocating. How would one go about putting this change into motion?

MD pedestrian killed when vehicles collided on Route 5

We have all been there. One minute, your car is driving just fine and the next, you are pulled over on the side of the road while your car comes to a sputtering stop. When you step out of your vehicle, you assess the issue and hopefully get the situation handled or call someone for help. But, what if this story didn't have a satisfactory ending? What if you were hit by a vehicle on the side of the road and never made it back to your vehicle or home to your family?

That was the case for one Maryland man when he pulled over to the side of Route 5. He was having car trouble and apparently working on his Lexus that afternoon when a woman's vehicle left the roadway. Her Acura drove off into the right shoulder, struck the man's vehicle, which then threw him into a nearby grassy area. Authorities found him unresponsive upon arrival and he was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital due to the injuries he sustained in the crash.

How to estimate Bowie child support payments?

When parents in Maryland decide to live separate lives from each other, it can be difficult discerning who pays for what in their child's upbringing. With more and more families in separate living situations, how do parents work out the financial details of their child's upbringing? They both want the best for them, so how is it determined to be a fair and equitable solution? The answer is unique to each family, there are several factors that will determine how child support numbers are decided.

Child support is often part of the general child custody arrangement. Determining who has primary physical custody can really impact how child support numbers are calculated. Generally, the parent who has primary physical custody will be the recipient of the child support payments and the other parent, the payee. This is to off-set the everyday and housing costs associated with child-rearing that the other parent may not have on a daily basis.

The hidden dangers that distracted drivers pose

You likely see distracted drivers on many types of roadways: interstates, bustling city streets and lonely country lanes. The most obvious symptom that someone is driving distracted tends to be the fact that he or she is on a cell phone, which Maryland law forbids. However, many types of distraction exist. Even daydreaming during a boring stretch of road is a distraction, as it makes the driver less aware of the surroundings and less capable of reacting quickly and appropriately should something occur.

In one way, the dangers such drivers pose are obvious. For example, if you have been injured by such a driver, you may have dealt with (or be dealing with) immense physical and emotional pain, lost wages, disability, massive medical bills and much more. However, there are hidden dangers as well.

Issues facing unmarried couples and child custody

Often a person may associate child custody issues with those who are going through a divorce, but that is not always the case. Around 40 percent of babies born today are born to unwed mothers. It's not surprising that there are many custody issues for these families in the Bowie area.

Custody disputes among unwed mothers and fathers, grandparents or other relatives are common. When parents are not married, both parents have the right to pursue custody. Custody is awarded in both physical and legal custody. Legal custody involves decision making regarding the child and physical custody is where the child will live. The court will decide what is in the child's best interest and who has been the child's main caregiver. They can award sole custody to one parent, or joint custody, or award visitation rights to a parent.

Is seeking a child support modification right for your family?

If you are thinking of seeking a child support modification, then you have been through the process of determining child support before. It isn't exactly a quick process. There are a lot of factors to consider when determining how child support should be handled for parents of a child living in separate households. However, child support agreements cannot always account for changes in income or changes in a child's situation. Should a parent in Maryland seek to modify their child support agreement if it is no longer functioning?

There are a few reasons why a person might want to seek a modification of their child support agreement. One reason is a drastic change in income. If a parent is no longer making what they once did, or if they are making a lot more than they once were, it may be time to update the child support agreement. Also, if the needs of the child have changed drastically, child support should be modified to reflect that change as well. Whether you are the paying parent or receiving parent, or you wish to increase or decrease the child support amount, parents have the right to seek modification to the child support agreement.

Contributory negligence and Maryland car accidents

Did you know that Maryland state law can have a huge impact on the result of a personal injury case after a car accident? Maryland is one of only a handful of states to recognize contributory negligence laws in cases of personal injury. For car accidents, the law applies to situations in which a person is even the tiniest bit responsible for causing the accident.

In most states, the law revolves around a 50/50 or similar split of responsibility of both parties when determining fault. However, under contributory negligence law, a person can be affected if they are found to be even the smallest percent responsible for causing the car accident. This means, for example, that if a person is even as much as 1 percent responsible for causing the car accident (and its resulting injuries) that person could be totally barred from recovering damages or the damages may be reduced to reflect her role in the resulting injury.

Parenting agreement advisable for child custody arrangement

When married parents in Maryland make the decision to divorce, or if unmarried parents break up, it can be difficult to discern how to raise their child in separate households. While it may be difficult it isn't impossible. There are certain tools at parents' disposal to help with raising a happy, healthy child in separate households. One such tool is a parenting agreement.

A parenting agreement is a name given to a document that lays out the responsibilities, duties and rules that parents agree to when raising a child separately. Sometimes constructed during the child custody process, parenting agreements lay out a written agreement that outlines things like where a child will live, which parent(s) have legal custody and even how changes to the agreement will be handled in the future. These agreements are often in the best interests of the child.

3 important factors in Maryland child custody cases

As you go through divorce, one of the most pressing issues on your mind is child custody. How much will you get to see your child? Will you get sole, joint or no custody? Regardless of your marital problems, you still love your child and want to be an involved parent. While it is impossible to predict how a judge will rule in your custody case, you can get an idea by knowing the judge has the best interests of your child in mind.

Aiming for the best interests of your child sounds good, but what exactly does it mean? This is confusing legal jargon for many parents. Continue reading below for some factors considered in Maryland custody decisions.

What to do when you are afraid of your spouse

The foundation of any successful marriage is a combination of love, trust and respect. Unfortunately, these feelings can sometimes transform into aggression and even violence. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women has experienced violence at the hands of an intimate partner. If you are one of these people or afraid you might become one, you are not alone, and you can get help.

There are several important principles to keep in mind when you are dealing with a spouse you are afraid of. Consider the following three tips for responding to abuse and taking action that will help you become safe in the long-term.


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