Family Law in Washington County, MD
Washington County Family Law Attorneys – Separation, Divorce, Alimony, Child Support, Custody
We know that you may be facing many unsettling and negative situations at this time. We want to help navigate you through this emotionally challenging time with all of the tools and knowledge you need. Recognizing diverse family dynamics and complexities we are here to offer support, guidance and expertise for these decisions that must be made immediately and involve possible long-term consequences. Having a clear understanding of the processes and what lies ahead is a key component to providing some peace of mind. Court is overwhelming and stressful enough—especially when it involves family matters. We recognize it is critical for you to find a legal option that not only offers you a feeling of security, but also an advocate to protect your interests and rights. With respect for the entire course and pain you are withstanding we believe in taking a direct approach with prompt, honest answers to make this journey less intimidating. The philosopher Lao Tzu once said “New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.”
Grounds for Divorce:
There are two types of divorce in Maryland—limited divorce and absolute divorce.
Limited divorce is temporary and for those that do not meet the grounds for a permanent, absolute divorce. Some people call this a legal separation. It grants spouses the right to live separately, thus, remaining married. They cannot remarry. They must remain separate and apart for at least twelve uninterrupted months. Limited divorce is put in place for individuals that cannot settle their differences and temporary decisions about possessions, custody and other financial decisions are made.
Absolute divorce is a dissolution of a marriage. At this time assets, property, spousal support and child support are finalized and distributed. Absolute divorce can be granted on the grounds of adultery, desertion, cruelty of treatment, vicious conduct, conviction, insanity and completion of legal separation.
Do I really need an attorney in Washington County, MD?
While it is not dictated that you must retain professional legal counsel for your divorce, it is strongly advised for your own protection. There are many legal peculiarities and technical complications that may jeopardize your case and situation if handled incorrectly or missed. Regardless of what you are anticipating it is best to be prepared for all situations and have a thorough understanding of your rights and the process.
Our Law Offices are committed to providing professional family law services for clients in the Washington County, Maryland area for the following circumstances.
- Contested Divorce
- Property Division
- Legal Separation
- Asset Division & Separation Agreements
- Mediation & Collaborative Law
- Name Changes
- Uncontested Divorce
- Child Support
- Grandparent Rights
- Emergency Hearings
- Military Divorce
- Parenting Plans