Legal Matters Commonly Addressed in Collaborative Divorces
In a collaborative divorce, various legal issues are commonly addressed in order to reach a comprehensive separation agreement. Here are some of the major ones:
- Child Custody and Visitation: These discussions involve the determination of both physical and legal custody, as well as a visitation schedule that will best serve the interests of the children.
- Child Support: Parties negotiate an amount of financial support to be provided for the upbringing of the children, usually by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent.
- Spousal Support/Alimony: If applicable, there will be a determination of whether, how much, and for how long one spouse will provide financial support to the other after divorce.
- Division of Property: Parties work together to divide their marital property. This includes both assets (like homes, cars, and retirement accounts) and debts (like mortgages, credit card debt, and loans).
- Tax Issues: Parties must consider the tax implications of their decisions on matters like spousal support and property division.
- Future Dispute Resolution: The separation agreement might include terms about how to handle potential disagreements in the future, such as through mediation or continued collaboration.
Remember, the aim of a collaborative divorce in Maryland is to work together constructively to reach a mutual separation agreement on these issues while minimizing conflict and promoting the best interests of all parties involved.
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