Dodd Legal LLC

Dodd Legal LLC My core practice encompasses divorce, child custody and support, alimony, marital property division, and pre-marital agreements. Whether you are facing divorce, child custody, child support, alimony or marital property division, my strategic advice, collaborative negotiation skills and skillful court advocacy can help you achieve your goals while minimizing cost and strife.

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Divorce rates have declined by 8% since 2008! Why? One researcher finds college graduates more likely to marry than non-...
12/14/2019
The Not-So-Great Reason Divorce Rates Are Declining - The Atlantic - Pocket

Divorce rates have declined by 8% since 2008! Why? One researcher finds college graduates more likely to marry than non-graduates, but they defer marriage until they have established careers, financial independence, and perhaps lived with their partner and gained maturity. Another reason to stay in school!

What’s changed isn’t marriage, but the types of people who are likeliest to get married.

The overall U.S. divorce rate is dropping even as the number of divorces after age 50 surges. Splitting up after age 50 ...
07/23/2019
Divorce Is Destroying the Finances of Americans Over 50

The overall U.S. divorce rate is dropping even as the number of divorces after age 50 surges. Splitting up after age 50 -- often called “gray divorce” -- may be particularly hazardous to your emotional and financial health, far worse than doing so at younger ages. When women divorce after age 50, their standard of living plunges 45% (double the decline experienced by younger divorced women), as compared with older men, whose standard of living drops only 21% after divorce. The best way to recover from divorce, research suggests, is to find a new spouse or partner. While 37% of men re-partner in the decade after a gray divorce (typically with younger women), only 22% of older women do so, in part because older women often enjoy their independence and are less interested than men in re-partnering.

In one sense, Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos and his ex-wife, MacKenzie Bezos, are nothing special.

Fathers received an early Father's Day gift from Pampers and Procter & Gamble with this good news. Slowly, dads and chil...
06/14/2019
Pampers pledges to install 5,000 changing tables in men's restrooms across the US

Fathers received an early Father's Day gift from Pampers and Procter & Gamble with this good news. Slowly, dads and children are getting the equal love they deserve.

https://www.kmov.com/news/pampers-pledges-to-install-changing-tables-in-men-s-restrooms/article_b8ddacdb-e60f-5e96-bf17-d3657aeeb31c.html?fbclid=IwAR2RX6tX6RFlCj2DhTKNVWhLoidDZeMmCpfzBzQjoRrCemyaJfgqVv7kXrQ

Pampers says it's time that men's restrooms catch up with the responsibilities of modern fathers.

Requiring parents in child custody contests to declare in advance their respective proposals for sharing decisionmaking ...
08/03/2017
AFCC MD Chapter’s 3rd Annual Chapter Meeting and Educational Seminar

Requiring parents in child custody contests to declare in advance their respective proposals for sharing decisionmaking about their children, and arrangements for having them in their respective homes, seems like it could reduce a lot of needless squabbling. "There ought to be a law!" ... and soon there will be a Court rule requiring such Parenting Plans.

Parenting Plans are coming! Parenting Plans are coming!  Will you know what to do when Parenting Plans become mandatory in Maryland? Spearheaded by the Legislative Commission on Child Custody, there is a movement afoot to pass a rule requiring all litigants to propose a Parenting Plan as part of the...

Harrowing story in today's Washington Post magazine bout the impact of judge-mandated "reunification programs" on childr...
05/14/2017
A divorced dad, estranged kids and a controversial plan to bring them together

Harrowing story in today's Washington Post magazine bout the impact of judge-mandated "reunification programs" on children in high-conflict custody battles. Whether custodial mother did in fact alienate children from father to refuse visitation with him, or whether his own prior conduct alienated them from him, the court-sanctioned kidnapping and indoctrination by greedy (and unlicensed) "mental health professionals" resulted in indoctrination from both parents when the children came of age. How did this violence serve the children's "best interest" rather than the parents' vain contest for control? That's why I urge collaborative divorce proceedings guided by mental health professionals to discern the children's best interest and develop parenting plans that promote regular contact with both parents in their respective homes.

Some children in custody cases are sent to workshops to combat a disputed disorder called parental alienation.

Family Law for the People - Train the Trainers
08/20/2016
Family Law for the People - Train the Trainers

Family Law for the People - Train the Trainers

Train the Trainers The Department of Family Administration of the Administrative Office of the Courts – Programs, the Family and Juvenile Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association, and the People’s Law Library of Maryland invite you to participate in a Family Law for the People Train the Tra...

He didn't think his employer would enforce his non-compete since he was laid off. Don't ever underestimate the cupidity ...
07/01/2016
To Compete Better, States Are Trying to Curb Noncompete Pacts

He didn't think his employer would enforce his non-compete since he was laid off. Don't ever underestimate the cupidity (rhymes with stupidity) of corporate management. Glad that Massachusetts is leading the reform parade. Who will become Maryland's champion?

Many American workers are hobbled by the contracts, but some states want to untangle them from the agreements to compete with states that limit the clauses.

Inspiring cooperative divorce story: "I’ve watched a number of people go through divorce and I knew exactly what I didn’...
06/26/2016
#singleagent

Inspiring cooperative divorce story: "I’ve watched a number of people go through divorce and I knew exactly what I didn’t want to do. ... I looked at my two gorgeous boys and made a promise to not let this divorce ruin their lives.We both hired lawyers and had an agreement drafted. ... Last week we met at the court house to finalize the divorce. When we walked out I asked him if he’s ok with taking a selfie with me. He said, “Sure, why not?”, and that’s when I realized we actually achieved what we had set out to do." https://50shadesofrealestate.wordpress.com/2016/06/06/singleagent/

I remember walking into my kids’ room the day we separated and watching them sleep. I looked at my two gorgeous boys and made a promise to not let this divorce ruin their lives. I knew this was goi…

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Divorce is inherently disruptive, stressful and uncertain. Spouses often defer taking action long after it is clear the marriage is no longer working due to infidelity, addiction, abuse or irreconcilable differences. You may wonder how you will get through it with dignity - and with the ability to live peaceably in the future. Successfully navigating the process requires clarity about your goals, confidence about your legal position, and courage throughout this most emotionally and financially stressful life transition. As an experienced Maryland family law attorney, I help clients discern their own best strategies for maintaining a stable transition while divorce is pending, coach clients through the many decisions necessary to reorganize their lives and their families, and advocate for them with their spouse's lawyer and the court to obtain a fair and sustainable judgment or negotiated resolution.

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