Divorce & Custody
Solid guidance for Maryland family law conflicts
When you are going through a divorce, you need a compassionate but focused attorney who helps you clearly address your concerns such as property and child custody. I understand the stress you are under and I help put you and your children in the best possible position to move forward from your divorce.
The main issues to be addressed in a divorce that does not involved children are the division of your marital property and the awarding of alimony.
Maryland law states that marital property shall be divided equitably. If the parties cannot agree on a distribution plan, a judge will decide how to divide the property. Considerations may be made about each party with regard to:
The court may also consider the duration of the marriage as well as the circumstances that contributed to the divorce action. I help you make a case for a truly equitable share of the marital property.
The awarding of alimony is not automatic. There must be a demonstrated need for one party to support the other. In determining an alimony award, the judge considers many of the same factors used to determine property division, as well as the:
- Ability of the party seeking alimony to be self-supporting
- Need for that party to receive education or training
- Standard of living established during the marriage
- Resources of the party from whom alimony is sought
I help the judge get a clear and fair picture of your needs regarding alimony.
Family court judges have broad discretion to award custody. The law provides more than 20 potential guidelines for making this difficult decision. A few of the most significant considerations are the:
- Sincerity of each parent's request for custody
- Willingness of the parents to communicate about the child's welfare
- Relationship between the child and each parent
- Fitness of the parents, including character and reputation
- Preference of the child, if of sufficient age
I work closely with you to protect your rights and your child's best interests.
Maryland child support guidelines are complex, and every aspect of each parent's finances is analyzed. Therefore, the amount cannot be predicted until the financial terms of the divorce are resolved. The family court judge also has the authority to revise the statutory calculation if it is inappropriate to the circumstances. I help ensure the support you pay or receive is fair and reasonable.
Bring your divorce and custody case to a knowledgeable lawyer in Laurel
Trust my guidance through each challenging step of your divorce. Contact me, Laurel attorney Kevin M. McNeil, at (301) 741-4372. Your consultation is free.