The decision to end a marriage is never easy, and the journey from separation to divorce can be a long and stressful one even in the most amicable cases. From dividing property and assets to determining alimony and custody arrangements, you need an experienced attorney to ensure the final resolution protects your interests.
We're experienced in all facets of divorce, including:
Custody matters are understandably emotionally loaded, and are often unpredictable. What constitutes the "best interest of the child" is often subjective, and can differ from judge to judge. Our attorneys offer a strategic advantage by considering the issues from your child's point-of-view and using our experience as Best-Interest-Attorneys (a child's legal representative) to understand how the court may evaluate the situation.
We regularly deal with all custody-related issues:
All child support and certain alimony awards may be modified based on "material changes in circumstances" or by any terms agreed to by both parties in writing. Modification cases are reliant upon an analysis of the most likely outcomes in court based upon existing and known financial information.
We'll help you assess potential modifications based on:
Pre- and Post-Nuptial agreements help define the terms of financial matters before and during a marriage. These agreements help provide you and/or your spouse peace of mind that inheritances, heirlooms, businesses, trusts, or assets acquired before the marriage will be protected in the event of a separation or divorce.
With a pre- or post-nuptial agreement, we'll help you:
Often, a person's or couple's most valuable asset is their home and other owned real estate or land. For unmarried couples living together, real property and cohabitation agreements help set clear expectations regarding home ownership and related expenses to ensure a harmonious home life.
We frequently draft property and cohabitation agreements to:
During or after a divorce or separation, co-parents sometimes need the help of an independent third-party to reach joint decisions regarding their children. Maryland and D.C. law empowers Parent Coordinators, through a joint agreement or court order, to make certain decisions when the co-parents are unable to agree, or to make recommendations in the event of an impasse. Working with a Parent Coordinator can help keep you and your co-parent out of costly litigation with a creative problem-solving approach. Unlike traditional legal counsel, communications with a Parent Coordinator are not privileged.
Emily Gelmann, our certified Parent Coordinator, can help co-parents:
Often referred to as a "restraining order," a Protective Order is a court-issued civil order preventing one person from contacting another, usually issued in the case of an alleged assault or attempted assault. Protective Orders can be common in high-conflict divorce or custody cases, and are a vital tool to help protect you and your children in volatile situations.
We can help you navigate the Protective Order process, and are experienced with how an order may impact numerous issues, including:
Pilar Nichols has decades of experience defending clients in criminal matters, whether they be alleged traffic violations or more serious criminal charges that could impact the rest of your life. There can also be criminal charges linked to protective orders. Pilar's experience as a prosecutor provides an insider's knowledge of the criminal court system.
Our criminal defense practice includes defending against alleged:
When you and the other party in a case don't live in the same state or country, there is often a question of where the case should be heard (i.e. which locale has "jurisdiction"). Depending on the type of case in question, different rules can apply, and are often not clear-cut.
We can help ensure your case is heard in the appropriate jurisdiction based upon various factors, including: