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Free Baltimore “Getting Divorced Without Going Broke” Seminar Jan. 15

12-16-13 300x250 ASA-CPA BALTDivorce brings financial challenges for everyone. But it’s especially challenging for primary earners, such as business owners and professionals, who must commonly contend with claims for their spouse’s support.

The American Society of Attorney-CPAs is presenting a complimentary seminar for business owners and professionals facing divorce. The “Getting Divorced Without Going Broke” seminar will be held Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 6 pm at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore hotel.

Dually-licensed attorney-CPAs will give practical tips on weathering the storm with as little cost and conflict as possible.

Don’t let divorce take away what you have worked so hard to achieve. Attend this complimentary seminar on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore hotel.

Registration: 6 pm
Seminar: 6:30-8:30 pm
Cost: Free, parking $10
Complimentary beverages will be provided.

This event is sponsored by Cordell & Cordell.

Baltimore Bar Profiles Cordell & Cordell Lawyer Rebecca Ripley

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Baltimore attorney Rebecca Brannan Ripley was profiled in the Bar Association of Baltimore City’s publication “The Barrister” as part of its “Member in the Spotlight” series.

“I credit the Bar Association with providing opportunities to develop friendships, not just networks; to becoming part of a community, not just living in one; and to developing my skills as an attorney, not just padding my resume,” Ms. Ripley said.

Learn more about Ms. Ripley’s professional background and experience in addition to knowing how she has been able to work with accomplished actors, such as Ty Burrel and Judith Light.

Baltimore creates program to limit drama during child custody handoffs

The city of Baltimore, Maryland, has created a new program that would help divorced parents limit the drama and pain that can come with child custody handoffs in an effort to provide a safe environment for kids, NBC WBAL 11 reported.

According to the news source, the city will use a $300,000 federal grant to set up the center for couples to navigate the process in a more peaceful and efficient manner.

“There will be staggered times of arrival and departure for each of the parents. There will be trained security people,” Sheryl Goldstein, a representative from the mayor’s office, told the news source. “All those things are put in place to reduce the possibility of contact between the custodial and noncustodial parent.”

WBAL reported that several poor handoffs that took place between couples had led city officials to create the center.

Forbes reported that the move by the city has led to support from various groups, as the problems that can sometimes come from these handoffs may be eliminated.

Former football star struggling to pay child support

Sports stars are known for their multi-million dollar contracts, expensive vehicles and glamorous lifestyles. But professional athletes are not immune from the marital and financial troubles that affect every day people.

Former Baltimore Ravens cornerback Chris McAlister has found that, after squandering much of his income from his profitable NFL career, he can now no longer afford to pay child support. In addition, he is unable to support himself and is currently living in his parent’s home, NBC Sports reports.

McAlister was drafted as the 10th pick overall in 1999 and signed a seven-year, $55 million contract extension with the Ravens in 2004 before being released five years later.

Despite his financial hardship, McAlister is still expected to pay $11,000 per month in child support to his ex-wife. As a result, McAlister is asking the court to lower his payments.

According to New Jersey Child Support, these payments can be changed when the financial situation of the non-custodial parent changes, but the process is similar to the one that resulted in the child support order. Whoever wishes to alter the child support payments must prove that there has been a major financial change that is out of one’s control, however.