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Divorce-by-settlement bill races sine-die clock

Time permitting, the Maryland General Assembly appears poised to pass legislation that would enable married couples without children to divorce through settlement agreement and forgo waiting the state’s one-year separation requirement before terminating a marriage. Sen. Robert A. “Bobby” Zirkin, the bill’s chief sponsor, has called the measure a sensible way for couples to end their marriages when they can reach amicable agreements on the division of property without the acrimony of a trial or being legally bound to each other for 12 months.

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Custody changes urged

The long-held presumption under Maryland law that divorced parents be given joint legal and shared physical custody of their children must be replaced with a clear focus on the best interest of the child, a state commission examining custody issues concluded in a report released Monday.

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Rules committee favors collaborative proposal

A push for collaboration rather than litigation in divorce and other civil disputes gained momentum in Maryland on Thursday, when the Judiciary’s rules committee gave preliminary approval to a proposal spelling out attorneys’ responsibilities before, during and after a collaborative law process.

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Today’s divorces can mean cake and eating it, too

Divorce parties

Event planners, bakers, lawyers and academics note the rise of "divorce parties" over the last several years, many with cakes featuring weapon-wielding brides or gloomy black frosting on inverted tiers.

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