In 2014, three separate and independent groups of experts found that children do much better with shared parenting — joint custody — on multiple measures of wellbeing than with single parenting. Yet in more than eight out of 10 custody cases today, one parent — usually the mother — is awarded sole guardianship.
Noel Tshiani wasn't at his wedding – he listened by phone in another country to the ceremony in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to court records – but he's just as married as if he'd stood at his bride's side. And soon, he'll be just as divorced and responsible for alimony and child support, a Maryland court has ruled.
Maryland has no policies or laws for same-sex marriages that covers divorce. But it soon may. The Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear next month the appeal by two women whose request for an uncontested divorce was denied. A ruling could set a precedent that all Maryland judges must follow.