Child custody disputes can be one of the most contentious parts of a divorce. Things can quickly become heated as parents try to determine what living arrangement will be best for their children. As one story illustrates, even fame and fortune cannot shield someone from child custody disputes.
In the final three months of 2011, Apple sold over 37 million iPhones worldwide. Indeed, smartphones - whether an iPhone, Blackberry, or Droid - have become ubiquitous and, for many people, indispensible for connecting with those they care about. Because they are tools that people use every day, smartphones store a great deal of data including texts, phone call information, Global Positioning System (GPS) data and web browser histories. That data can be of value in divorce proceedings.
Child custody cases in Annapolis and in other cities across Maryland often become emotional and heated as parents determine what is best for their children, but one child custody case that began seven years ago has become particularly dramatic.
No happy couple wants to consider that they will get a divorce. However, planning ahead may pay off in the end, especially for couples who own a business together.
People in Maryland who are involved in divorce or child custody battles may not have considered a factor that could have an impact in their family law cases: their activity on social media sites. While people enjoy sharing information about themselves with their friends and family on sites such as Facebook, people may not realize that in many cases that information can be accessed by anyone, including the opposite side in a divorce or child custody case.
Although Maryland recently collected the largest past due child support payment in state history, families in other states continue to struggle to receive the payments they are entitled to. Recently, a 61-year-old ear, nose and throat doctor pleaded guilty for failing to pay child support for his two children.
Child support payments are often a necessary part of a divorce. However, many parents in Maryland don't receive the necessary payments because a non-custodial parent either cannot afford to pay them or because they simply refuse.