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How Social Security benefits may be affected by divorce

Maryland residents who are getting a divorce might still be able to draw Social Security benefits on their former spouse's income in certain circumstances. The benefits the person receives from a former spouse must be higher than the ones they would receive. Social Security requires the equivalent of at least a 10-year work history to pay out, so for people who have not worked much throughout their life, this might be particularly important.

Renegotiating parenting agreements after a move

After a divorce, some Maryland parents may initially be committed to living near each other for the sake of the children. However, if one parent starts a relationship with someone who lives further away, that could change. A parent might move in order to live closer to a new partner, and this could disrupt the visitation schedule. The parent might first underestimate how much of a commute is involved. The other parent may want to keep the child closer to home. Tensions can be exacerbated further if the new partner does not get along with the other parent.