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Helping your Children Cope with Separation and Divorce

If you’re undergoing a divorce, you’re potentially worried about the effect on the kids. It may be a challenging time for them. The emotions of children might go through changes and stages. Your children might feel confused, sad, guilty, angry, or concerned with what is going to happen to them. How you react and deal with these changes is important both to the family dynamic and to your youngster’s well-being.

What should you tell the kids about your separation and divorce?

Think it through first and prepare how you’ll talk to your kids about what is going on in your household now and what may happen in the future. Children are most fearful of the unknown.  If possible, it is best for both parents to talk with your children together in a neutral setting. Be truthful and honest when giving them the facts and try to keep your emotions in check.  Young children will require less information. Older kids may request more details.

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The 4 Types of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation

When a legal dispute is at hand and the parties involved would like to avoid going to trial, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation can offer several options. ADR is the term used for the steps taken that will help ADR to resolve a dispute without the need to go to trial and includes negotiation or collaborative law and arbitration.

Mediation is undertaken when a dispute happens between two or more parties. Here, mediators, who are impartial, will help those involved reach a resolution that all agree to voluntarily. It is a helpful way to find solutions to a dispute.

Let’s take a look at a few examples of ADR in closer detail.

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5 Ways to Avoid Parental Alienation

While it would be ideal for all parents to realize how important it is to put their children first and keep them out of the separation or divorce, that is often not the reality. Whether it’s from anger, hurt, jealousy, sadness, or another strong emotion, sometimes one parent will try and manipulate their children to alienate the other parent. In this article, we will take a look at this very real part of a divorce known as parental alienation, how to avoid it, and what to do if you are experiencing it.

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5 Major Mistakes to Avoid During a Custody Battle

A custody battle is often an emotionally charged experience for any parent. While you likely have your child’s best interests at heart, it isn’t uncommon to get swept away by feelings of frustration, anger, and grief.

These unchecked emotions may cause you to make mistakes that could affect the outcome of your custody case. Stay proactive by reviewing these 5 major mistakes so that you can achieve the most favorable result for both you and your child.

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Maryland Separation Agreements Guide for Divorce

One of the most important steps in the process of getting a divorce in the state of Maryland is meeting the proper guidelines established for separation before your divorce can be finalized.  In this article, we’ll take a closer look at what separation agreements in Maryland cover as well as some of the key concepts and terms you will want to become familiar with.

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How Child Representation Protects Your Child’s Best Interests

As a parent, you want the best for your children and part of that is ensuring that they receive the best means of protecting their best interests. This is especially important in child support and custody cases where the decisions made have the potential to make a huge and lasting impact on your child’s future.

To better understand how child representation factors into legal matters, we’ll take a look at several important elements including the URCANCPA.

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Tell-Tale Signs of Parent Alienation and Their Devastating Effects

Parental alienation is a form of manipulation in which one parent attempts to harm or destroy a child’s relationship with the other parent. It may also be referred to, in layman’s terms, as “parental brainwashing.”

This process is often accomplished through lies, misrepresentation, and isolation. Parental alienation may start with something has simple as complaining about a spouse in front of a child and grow in severity as problems between the couple escalate. The purpose of this psychological alienation is to bring the child or children closer to the offending parent by driving them away from the targeted parent.

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Maryland Drug Offenses and Penalties

It’s been well documented that Maryland is facing a growing heroin epidemic.  The state saw a 21% growth in deaths from overdosing on heroin in 2015 alone; 1,259 people died and 86% of these deaths involved opioids. More people died from overdosing, in the state of Maryland, than from homicides.  In Baltimore, where an estimated 19,000 people are heroin users, a public health emergency has been declared in response to the epidemic.

Drug possession crimes are among the most frequently charged offenses in the Maryland criminal justice system, and are subject to harsh penalties, even if they are first offenses.  If you or someone you know is facing charges in a case related to heroin or other Schedule I or II drugs, it is important to know the penalties that will be faced as well as the legal recourse that is available.

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What You Need to Know About New Residency Requirements for a Maryland Divorce in 2017

The nature of family law regarding divorce is complex, particularly in Maryland, where there many different divorce options. The residency requirements for divorce in this state have recently changed and new grounds for divorce have been created.

If you’re filing for divorce in Maryland, review the details below to ensure that you have the correct and most up-to-date information.

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What Does “Best Interest of the Child” Mean?

swingThe concept of the best interest of the child can be difficult to understand as it is often interpreted differently depending on the context. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child defines the best interests of the child as the “primary consideration” for all “public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies,” according to Article 3.

However, this information does little to provide a clear definition into what constitutes the best interest of a child, and just as importantly, what doesn’t. Matters get more complicated in child custody litigation as expert and lay opinions regarding what’s most beneficial for a child, vary widely.

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