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Every divorce is unique, but many have similar elements

When you and your spouse were first dating, you may have spent hours in deep conversation. You likely shared your favorite movies, books and music, and you probably revealed your tastes in food and clothing. Maybe your talks went deeper, touching on religion, career and your preferences for children.

Where did all that go? Now that you and your spouse are considering divorce, you may be spending time wondering what went wrong. While many people say that they simply drifted apart, psychologists say it is often more than that. Most couples go through tough times, but the way they handle those challenges may decide if they divorce or stay together.

What does a bird's nest have to do with your divorce?

A new school year will soon begin in Maryland. If you're currently navigating divorce, you may be anxious and worried about child custody arrangements and how your children will handle school work while adapting to their new lifestyle. If things are fairly amicable between you and your former spouse, the school year may progress without much difficulty. In fact, when you're both willing to compromise and cooperate where necessary for the sake of your children, there may be options available to keep stress levels very low.

Have you heard of nesting in divorce? This is a fairly new trend designed to help children retain a sense of stability and routine while coming to terms with their parents' divorce. It's definitely not for everyone, but it may be an option if you're able to work together with your children's other parent and you want to minimize stress in their lives as you all adapt to no longer living together under one roof.

Should you consider a joint custody agreement?

Child custody is one of the most commonly contested issues in a divorce. Parents do not ever want to feel like they are giving up their relationship with their kids, and this desire can lead to lengthy court battles and costly litigation. However, for some Maryland families, there may be a better way to approach child custody.

With a joint custody agreement, parents can share both parenting time and legal responsibility of their children. This type of arrangement can allow children to have a strong relationship with both of their parents, even after a divorce is final, which is certainly in the best interests of the youngest members of your family.

Don't let divorce divide your inheritance

Commonly, individuals receive some form of inheritance during their lives. The inherited property could come in the form of physical assets or monetary funds directly bequeathed to the heir. Though you may appreciate the fact that a loved one left you part of his or her estate, you may worry what will happen to that inheritance in the event of your divorce.

When it comes to property division and your inheritance, you may wish to understand how such property is categorized.

Holidays and divorce: How to avoid conflict

You may have already noticed stores gearing up for the holiday season ahead. Perhaps you're among those who like to get ready as early as possible to avoid the stress and chaos that often accompany last-minute preparations.

If you also happen to be going through a divorce, then no doubt one of your main planning goals this year is to avoid any conflict that may put a damper on family celebrations.

School is back! Three tips for the recently divorced.

Parents across the country are counting down the days until school is back in session. Although parents everywhere may be excited that their children are headed back to the classroom, some find themselves in new territory.

For some parents, this may be the first year their children are heading back to school after completion of a divorce.

How to avoid child custody conflicts over summer vacation

Now that summer is here and school has ended for most, many parents are planning vacations and excursions to take advantage of the warm weather. While summer vacations are always exciting to plan, the process can also be stressful. This is especially true for separated or divorced parents who have minor children. If you want to avoid child custody conflicts over summer vacation, these tips may help.

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