Family Law Attorneys
We are family law attorneys based in Columbia and Annapolis Maryland. We represent clients throughout the state of Maryland in a wide range of family law matters, including divorce, prenuptial agreements, child custody, visitation and support, guardianship, adoption and name changes. Our family law attorney team also represent clients in a select group of criminal offenses, including DWI/DUI and traffic violations. No matter what type of case you have, we are never too busy to talk to you and keep you informed of what we are doing for you.
Listening to Our Clients
As family law attorneys, our clients often tell us that we are good listeners. We believe that our ability to truly listen to our clients is one of the most important things we do. Our lawyers approach each case, each divorce, each issue with respect for our client and an appreciation for his or her unique situation.
Every Family Law matter is unique in that every case involves different types of people, emotions, circumstances and economic concerns. To solve your family law issue requires an intimate knowledge and understanding of you and your family dynamic.
Our goal is to help you resolve your case in an efficient manner that keeps in mind both your best interests and your bottom line. We offer flexible payment plans and accept credit cards for the convenience of our clients.
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Learn About Maryland Family LawFrequently Asked Questions
How fast is divorce in Maryland?
Until recently, Maryland law required a one-year legal separation period for all couples seeking divorce except in cases of domestic violence or adultery. The clock starts the day that parties cease to live together, and starts over if they move back in with each other at any point. In 2016, the law was modified to allow couples with no minor children and a marital separation agreement (MSA) to forego the waiting period.
Do I need an attorney for my divorce?
Technically speaking, no. You can choose to represent yourself in your divorce proceedings, but it’s not advisable. Divorce proceedings are complex and pleadings can be overwhelming. An attorney can ensure that your rights are protected through the proceedings, as well as the best interests of your children.
What are the grounds for obtaining a divorce in Maryland?
In Maryland, there are a number of fault grounds for divorce, including: adultery, domestic violence, and desertion. In cases of adultery and domestic violence, the one-year separation period can be foregone. In cases of no-fault grounds for divorce, Maryland law requires a one-year legal separation period or a mutual consent divorce if the parties have no minor children.
How does spousal support work in Maryland?
There are two types of spousal support granted by the Court. The first is “rehabilitative alimony.” This alimony is intended to be short term, supporting the recipient spouse long enough for them to receive the training they need to get back into the workforce and support themselves. The second type of spousal support is “indefinite alimony,” which tends to be awarded to spouses who are unable to work due to age, disability, or illness (physical or mental). Indefinite alimony is long-term. The Judge has a variety of factors to consider before granting alimony, so a disparity in income does not automatically mean you are entitled to alimony.
How do courts determine child custody in a divorce?
In an ideal proceeding, the parties are able to agree on a custody arrangement that suits both parties and the best interest of the child or children. However, that’s not always the case. When both parents love the children so much, child custody and visitation issues can be emotional and contentious. If the parties are unable to come to an agreement, the Judge will determine custody based on “the best interest of the child.” The best interest of the child depends on a variety of factors, such as: fitness of each parent, financial and employment considerations, and the closeness of the parents’ homes to one another and the child’s school.
How is child support determined?
Child support is determined based on the Maryland Child Support Guidelines.
What happens if a parent fails to pay child support?
Child support is Court ordered. If the non-custodial parent fails to pay child support, the custodial parent can pursue legal action. Action the custodial parent can pursue in Maryland includes: contempt of court, wage garnishment, and determination of arrears.
Is there an alternative to traditional divorce proceedings?
Yes. If both parties want to forego the cost and hostility involved in traditional divorce litigation, they can agree on mediation or alternative dispute resolution (ADR). In this case, both parties agree to work towards an amicable solution that’s best for everyone. The parties can work with a neutral third party mediator, and their attorneys have the role of advising them about the law and potentially hiring specialists to resolve tricky issues like child custody and division of property. Whatever is shared in a mediation cannot be used against either of the parties if the case is litigated in Court.
We offer a FREE initial consultation to discuss your family law issue. To talk with a family law attorney at our firm by phone or at our office, call 410-268-2488 or fill out our contact form below.
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