Maryland Family Law Attorney
Whether you have filed for or are merely considering divorce, it is essential that you take steps to protect your rights. By having an experienced divorce lawyer on your side, you can ensure that your rights are protected and your interests are being served throughout the entirety of the situation. At Frame & Frame, LLC, our firm provides comprehensive divorce representation for clients from our offices in Pasadena and Stevensville. We take the time to get to know our clients, allowing us to better tailor our family law services to meet their needs. Contact our experienced Maryland family law attorneys by calling our Pasadena office at 410-255-0373 or our Stevensville office at 410-643-2202.
- Alimony & Spousal Support
- Child Support
- Custody & Visitation
- Grandparent Rights
Since the establishment of our firm in 1956, we have helped clients deal with the legal aspects and emotional ramifications of their divorces. Whether a divorce is contested or uncontested, there are many issues that must be addressed.
Every Family Law Case Is Different
You deserve a Maryland family attorney who Will take the time to understand and appreciate the unique nuances of your situation. Often, the best solutions to family law issues are collaborative— involving family members working together to find the best possible solution and to protect their relationships. Of course, that is certainly not always the case. Our Maryland family lawyers are ready to fight aggressively to protect your rights. Just give us a call or click here to contact us. With offices in Pasadena and Stevensville, we serve communities in Maryland.
When seeking a resolution to the central divorce and the resulting issues, we are able to utilize a variety of methods, including types of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Mediation is often an excellent way for husbands and wives to more amicably resolve their divorce issues. However, we are experienced litigators and will argue your case in front of a judge and jury if necessary.
In some situations, it may be better for a couple to remain legally married but construct a separation agreement. This type of agreement allows them to live separate and apart in all respects, though they are still legally married. When composing a separation agreement, a wide range of issues may be addressed, such as property division, issues involving children and any spousal maintenance payments that may be necessary.
Other than issues pertaining to children, the division of property tends to be the most contentious aspect of any marital separation. You should know that Maryland is an equitable distribution jurisdiction. Assets and debts Will be divided in a fair manner according to state law. In some cases, that Will not necessarily be a 50-50 split. Our Maryland divorce lawyers have extensive experience handling complex property division matters. Whether you are splitting a house, retirement assets, business interests, debts, or any other property, we can help.
Alimony & Spousal Support
The length of marriage and the earning history of the parties may determine whether a court will consider permanent or indefinite alimony, or rehabilitative alimony. The marital property and property division that was granted will influence whether and how much alimony is ordered. Call Maryland lawyer Tara Frame for a free case consultation at 410-255-0373. We will discuss your options and answer any questions you may have.
The court will consider 12 factors at its discretion, including the income and expenses or the general needs of each party, the age of the parties, the reasons for the breakup of the marriage, earning history of the parties, and the general health or physical disabilities of the parties. Alimony is not automatic but is in the trial judge’s discretion. Unlike child support, there are no set guidelines or formulas for alimony.
For an initial consultation with your attorney it will be helpful to provide several recent tax returns, pay stubs, bank statements, credit card accounts and retirement fund statements, along with a list of current monthly expenses.
Modification of alimony awards: A court has the right to modify a previous order for alimony, on the request of either party, if there is a material change of circumstances. Job loss, layoff or retirement of the payor may allow for a modification depending on the facts of the case. Other circumstances that may warrant a change are a serious illness or disability of either party or a substantial increase or decrease in income of either party.
Child Custody & Child Support
There are different types of custody that may be awarded. The courts tend to award joint decision-making custody (legal or joint custody) to both parents, but physical custody is still awarded to the parent that has been the primary caregiver. Our firm can explain the various types of custody and which will likely work best for your specific situation.
The amount of child support awarded in a specific case is set by state guidelines. These statutes take into consideration a variety of factors, including income of both parents and the number of children. These factors, as numbers, are then entered into a formula that calculates the amount of child support that is to be paid.
We also handle cases where modification or enforcement of child custody, visitation or child support orders is made necessary by changes in circumstances.
Family law issues involving children should be handled in a way that keeps the interests of the children in mind. Whether you have family law disputes that are involved with a or not, our attorneys and staff at the law office of Frame & Frame, LLC, can help. For over 65 years serving the community, we have provided advice and guidance to clients in the area of . Our firm protects your rights while working to obtain a solution that is in your interests, and the interests of your children.
Visitation is the schedule used to allocate time to the parents. If one parent has custodial custody, the other parent will receive a specific schedule of when the child will spend time with them. In most situations it is beneficial for the child to spend time with both parents, and a practicable visitation schedule needs to be agreed to during the divorce. Realistic schedules, taking into account all of the families’ variables, will allow both parents to have time with their children, while minimizing potential conflict and tension.
Frame & Frame, LLC, in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, has provided over 65 years serving the community of compassionate, dedicated service to its clients. We can help you to obtain visitation with your child or modify a current visitation schedule. Once a Complaint for Visitation or Modification of Visitation is filed, the courts may order the parties to attend mediation prior to trial to see if the parents can reach agreement regarding a visitation schedule. If an agreement cannot be reached, a trial is scheduled and the court will order a visitation schedule which is completely discretionary by the court. The court will make an award that it deems in the best interests of the child.
By coming to an agreement in the mediation process, parents can retain more control over the time they spend with their children. Call us for a free case consultation at 410-255-0373. We will discuss your options and answer any questions you may have. Tara Frame can negotiate on behalf of her clients in the mediation process for a desired child access schedule. Your attorney may attend the mediation but is not required to do so by the court. If domestic violence is involved, a court would not order mediation unless the parties consented to voluntarily enter the visitation mediation process.
If mediation is not successful, Tara Frame will fight for your rights to spend time with your child based on a schedule that works for you.
Modification of a post-judgment decree may be granted for good cause shown. Some of these factors may be that the visitation arrangement is no longer in the best interest of the child, and circumstances as they exist currently may have changed from the time that the initial visitation order was granted. A child’s age will influence what schedules work best in different stages of their development. What may work well for a toddler may be inappropriate for a teenager.
Child support awards are generally based on the Maryland state guidelines. These official guidelines take different factors into account — including the financial status of each parent and the number of children. Though the child support guidelines are appropriate for most cases, there are some limited exceptions in which it may be necessary to deviate from the general standards. Regardless of the specific nature of your case, our top-rated Maryland child support attorneys can help you understand your rights and your options.
A trusted person may be appointed as a child’s guardian on a temporary, ongoing, or permanent basis. If a parent is deemed unable to provide adequate care for a child, a Maryland family court may grant a guardianship to a person who is willing and capable. This guardian could be a grandparent, an adult sibling, a relative, or another trusted party. Notably, in Maryland, the opioid epidemic has impacted many families. If a parent is dealing with a drug addiction, establishing a guardianship may be necessary.
Our Maryland family law attorneys have considerable experience handling grandparent rights cases. While grandparents are not guaranteed custody or visitation rights under Maryland state law, there are certainly cases in which a grandparent may need to take legal action to protect the best interests of a child. Our Maryland family lawyers help grandparents understand the available options, and we help them take action to establish and protect their legal rights.
Maryland Family Law Video FAQs
- Can alimony be modified or terminated in Maryland?
- Does a court have to decide our visitation schedule, or can the other parent and I make the schedule ourselves?
- How are assets split in a divorce?
- How do I choose a divorce attorney in Maryland?
- How is divorce initiated in Maryland?
- How is the amount of child support determined in Maryland?
- I am getting a divorce. Do I need to hire an attorney?
- If child support is not paid, must visitation be allowed in Maryland?
- If I ask for a divorce and move out, do I still have to pay the mortgage on that place?
- What are grounds for divorce in Maryland?
- What factors does the court consider in determining alimony in Maryland?
- What happens to retirement funds and 401(k) plans in a divorce?
- What if I need child support while the divorce is still in process in Maryland?
- What is a marital settlement agreement in a divorce in Maryland?
- What is an uncontested divorce?
- What is the first thing that I should do if I am served with a summons and complaint in Maryland?
- What qualifies as a material change of circumstances in a Maryland child custody case?
- What should I bring when I meet with the divorce attorney?
Contact Our Experienced Maryland Family Attorneys Today
Contact our Pasadena or Stevensville office and learn more about how our Maryland family law attorneys can help address your divorce, separation agreement or other family law concerns. A member of our firm can meet with you during this time and review your options for proceeding with your case.