We represent clients in uncontested and contested divorce matters including complex cases involving custody, alimony, child support, business valuations
and equitable division of marital property.
PREMARITAL AGREEMENTS, POSTNUPTIAL AGREEMENTS AND SEPARATION AND MARITAL SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS
We have vast experience in drafting, negotiating and reviewing prenuptial, postnuptial and separation and marital settlement agreements that contractually provide for the parties’ rights and obligations in the case of the dissolution of the marriage.
We also work with clients in drafting, negotiating and reviewing cohabitation and domestic partnership agreements in which couples want to contractually set forth their rights and responsibilities.
We have extensive experience assisting clients through the process of the equitable distribution of marital property, including business valuations, asset discovery and debt allocation.
We work with our clients to negotiate and obtain the result that is most appropriate for the family while focusing on the best interests of the children. We also modify existing custody agreements and court orders. We have significant experience representing parents, grandparents and third parties in local, interstate and international custody disputes. We will discuss with you the needs of your children and your goals to create a parenting plan that is best tailored to your children’s well-being.
We analyze the parties’ incomes to determine the appropriate level of child support, including the payment of expenses for the children and the appropriate use of the Maryland child support guidelines.
We guide our clients through the process of calculating and advocating for the appropriate levels of support during all stages of their process. It is critical to have an attorney’s guidance and an attorney who understands the numerous factors that affect a support decision because Maryland law does not provide a mathematical formula to determine alimony.
We represent clients through the enforcement of marital settlement agreements and court orders. We can assist you with the enforcement of your court order relating to alimony, child custody, child support or your property and we can represent you if you are defending such matters.
Our attorneys are skillful at obtaining attorney’s fees and costs for our clients during the negotiation and litigation process. Also we are often called upon by our colleagues to serve as experts in this area.
Mediation is a process that involves a neutral third party (usually an experienced family law lawyer or retired judge) that helps facilitate settlement between the parties. Our attorneys work with clients engaged in the mediation process to advise them how to advocate for themselves in representing their own interests. We also represent clients at mediation. Our attorneys are also trained mediators and are often engaged by the court and their colleagues to serve as mediators.
Not all matters can be resolved without the court’s assistance. Our attorneys are competent trial lawyers with the skills and vast experience to try complex custody, support and financial matters.
Arbitration is a process in which a neutral third party, often a retired judge or an experienced family law attorney, reviews all issues in a case and renders a binding decision. We represent clients at arbitration and also act as arbitrators in family law matters.
Collaborative law is a non-adversarial and non-litigious process to resolve family law matters. The main feature is that the parties contractually agree at the beginning that they will not go to court, but in the event that either party changes his or her mind and seeks court intervention, then both parties’ attorneys must withdraw from the process and cannot represent either party in litigation. The attorneys work cooperatively and with both clients to reach a mutually acceptable outcome. Another feature is the use of skilled professionals including financial neutrals, mental health counselors and other experts who assist the parties in reaching an agreement.
Our attorneys often assist clients as case evaluators by providing a neutral, third-party assessment of a case or in preparing for a possible appeal.
We have significant experience drafting appellate briefs and arguing appeals to the Maryland Court of Appeals and Maryland Court of Special Appeals when a party believes that a court has made a mistake in the interpretation or application of the law.