Upcoming Changes to Social Security Benefits

At the beginning of November, President Obama signed into law some sweeping changes regarding Social Security benefits, marking the most significant reforms since 1983. As part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, the new laws were intended to prevent a government shutdown, but they will also end popular Social Security claiming strategies for couples…

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Travel Tip: Quebec City

I recently traveled with my family to the capital of the Quebec province and found that it lives up to its reputation as the crown jewel of French Canada. Quebec City is one of the oldest European settlements in North America and indeed it has that European flare. The city is very walkable and safe….

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Various Types of Child Custody in Maryland

Determining child custody is a difficult decision whether it’s due to divorce or as a result of some other type of relationship. Under Maryland law, neither the mother nor father is favored for custody, and both parents are the presumed custodians of their children. This can pose challenges when grandparents or other caregivers seek custody…

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Four Reasons Why Divorce is Not a Failure

No one gets married with the intent on someday getting divorced. But divorces do happen and it’s important not to think of your marriage as a failure. By coming to terms with the reasons behind a divorce and focusing on the positive experiences that came from the marriage, it can lead to acceptance and make…

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Disadvantages to Long-Term Separation

For some couples torn between thoughts of divorce and lingering hopes for reconciliation, a trial separation may seem like a logical first step. But what is becoming more and more common are situations where couples decide to just remain separated, even after they realize their marriage is beyond repair. Oftentimes, couples choose long-term separation rather…

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Income Inequality in Marriages

Money issues are often cited as one of the leading causes of divorce. Some experts say that income inequality among spouses, whether it’s the husband or wife who earns more, can cause tension within relationships and make these problems even worse. In my 20 years of practice, I concur with those findings – money issues…

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“Play Like A Girl”

The phrase so often referred to boys and girls who couldn’t run, kick or throw is no longer an insult. When the U.S. Women’s team won the World Cup this past month, they pushed the boundaries for women even further. How all of this attention will play out for future opportunities is as yet undetermined.

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