A new trend is emerging in the United States where more senior citizens are filing for divorce, and it is no different here in Maryland. In fact, according to a Bowling Green State University study, the divorce rate doubled between 1990 and 2010 for people 50 years of age and older. According to the study, 48 percent of those divorces were for couples who were in their first marriage.
The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has ruled that a man who married his wife over the phone must provide her with spousal and child support upon their divorce. The man reportedly said marriage vows while in a different country than his wife, with his cousin standing in for him. According to court records, the families exchanged marital gifts and the couple met in person several days later. However, the man claimed that he never knew about the marriage when his wife accused him of abuse and filed for divorce 15 years later.
Although Maryland operates a child support enforcement agency in accordance with the Social Security Act and courts that issue alimony orders, it can still be difficult for divorcees to collect the money they are owed by former spouses.
A paternity test administered in the U.S. has revealed that a former Nigerian politician is not the father of his wife's child. The news could dramatically affect the outcome of the couple's ongoing divorce in Maryland, which centered on the woman's demand for child support, among other issues.
Former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has reportedly changed his mind after indicating in his original divorce filing that he did not wish to pay spousal support to his wife after the two separate. He has reversed his decision, saying that he made a mistake filling out the divorce paperwork and plans to pay for legal counsel as well. However, some experts believe that the change was not due to a mistake, but is rather a deliberate public relations move after negative reactions to his initial choice.
A handful of states have enacted formulas for determining alimony awards. In many states, the amount awarded to former spouses following a divorce is completely at the discretion of the presiding judge. Even though these decisions are based on factors like the financial statuses of the spouses, the length of the marriage and the health of each spouse, data shows that average alimony awards tend to be very inconsistent.