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Loan Interest and Divorce Mediation

When people are trying to figure out if 1 person can afford to remain in a home, it is important to understand how the mortgage interest will affect income taxes. Continue reading

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Solving Family Money Fights

This Consumer Reports article shares a lot of helpful information about how families can solve financial problems.  The ideas certainly can be helpful for people who are separated and divorced who are trying to figure out how to handle debts, the … Continue reading

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Staycation or Vacation?

Summer planning is not typically the first issue separated or divorced parents want to resolve. More often the most pressing topic is where the children are going to be living during the year when the parents are working and the … Continue reading

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Mediation and Insurance Coverage

Sheila Russian recently attended Mediator Training sponsored by the Baltimore City Circuit Court. Sheila is certified by the Baltimore City Circuit Court to mediate civil cases. The speakers were John Bickerman and Rachel Ehrlich who focused on issues related to … Continue reading

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Adult Children and Divorce

  How do we tell the children? In the past this question was usually asked by parents of young children and teenagers. However, due to the increase of divorce by couples who are in their 50s and 60s, the children … Continue reading

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Raise.me

Financing college education is challenging for just about everyone.  However, children whose parents are separated or divorced face additional obstacles.  Filling out the Federal Student Aid Application, applying for scholarships, and obtaining loans each require coordination, detailed financial information, and … Continue reading

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Reducing Trauma

The dictionary definition of trauma is, “an experience that produces psychological injury or pain.” Parents instinctively want to protect children from injury or pain.  However, when parents decide to separate or divorce, sharing the news with children is likely to … Continue reading

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Jonas: A Teachable Moment for Separaed and Divorced Parents.

Jonas, the snowzilla of winter storms, has closed businesses and schools and has made driving treacherous.   Jonas has wreaked havoc on many parenting plans painstakingly created by separated and divorced parents.  Weekend plans?  Transportation?  Day care?  Weekday overnights?  Some, if … Continue reading

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How to Tell the Kids

One of the most difficult conversations parents will ever have with their children is the one in which they tell the children that they have decided to no longer live together.   If one parent had no idea that the marriage … Continue reading

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Does the 1 Year Wait Still Apply to You?

A new law took effect in Maryland on October 1  that  eliminates the need to live separately for one year,  if you and the other person: Both agree to the  divorce and There are no minor children, and An agreement is reached about all … Continue reading

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