Maple Lawn Family Lawyer
The Maple Lawn family law attorneys at Weinberg & Schwartz, L.L.C., do more than just represent individuals going through a divorce. Our Maple Lawn family lawyers handle a wide range of Maryland family law matters, including domestic violence, adoption and guardianship, wills and powers of attorney, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and more. As one of the most experienced family law firms in Howard County and, indeed, Maryland, our firm has the experience and resources to handle your Maple Lawn family law matter professionally and successfully, no matter what challenges may arise.
Domestic Violence and Divorce in Maple Lawn
Sadly, domestic violence is not an uncommon issue in connection with divorce cases. For instance, if a spouse is abusive toward the other spouse or the kids, this conduct can lead the other spouse to file for divorce in order to live safely and securely in a non-abusive relationship. At other times, domestic violence might have never surfaced during the marriage, and the spouses are divorcing for other reasons. In the process of a contested divorce, however, arguments over the custody of the children, the division of property, or the breakdown of the marriage itself can lead one spouse to act out abusively toward the other, either through actual or threatened physical harm.
In any event, the presence of domestic violence can impact divorce in Maple Lawn in a number of ways. For one, cruelty of treatment and excessively vicious conduct toward a spouse or child are grounds for divorce in Maryland that can impact how the court rules on alimony and child custody. When seeking a fault-based divorce rather than a no-fault divorce, the petitioner has to prove the alleged ground. If a court has already confirmed the existence of domestic violence by issuing a protective order, this fact can be used to prove the ground of cruelty or vicious conduct, affecting how the judge rules on custody and alimony.
Even if the divorce is no-fault, a domestic violence protective order can still work against the abuser in the outcome of the divorce. When issuing a protective order, the judge can not only order the abuser to keep away from the spouse or kids; the order can also award possession of the family home temporarily to the abused spouse and kids, as well as make orders for temporary custody and temporary financial support.
The family law attorneys at Weinberg & Schwartz, L.L.C., provide practical advice and professional representation regarding domestic violence in Maple Lawn divorce cases, as well as any other instances of abuse, criminal stalking or criminal harassment directed at a current or former spouse, dating partner, relatives and others covered under Maryland’s domestic violence law.
Resolving Real-Life Family Law Matters for Maple Lawn Families
Our comprehensive Maple Lawn family practice is geared toward helping you and your family with your most pressing and important legal needs. We negotiate prenuptial and postnuptial agreements that not only protect you in case of divorce, but also help ensure spouses as well as children from a previous marriage are protected in the event of an untimely death. These agreements can require the making of a will with terms that specify how the marriage will or will not impact each party’s estate planning. In that regard, our firm additionally drafts wills, powers of attorney and living wills with individual and family needs in mind. Finally, our attorneys are pleased to help families in Maple Lawn through the process of adoption, guardianship or kinship. Perhaps no aspect of our family law practice is more richly rewarding than helping families grow and ensuring people in need are cared for in a loving home.
Your Maple Lawn Family Law Firm Is Here for You
For help with domestic violence and divorce, adoption or other family law matters in Maple Lawn, call Weinberg & Schwartz, L.L.C., at 410-997-0203 for advice and representation from the team at Howard County’s oldest and largest family law firm, dedicated to serving your Maple Lawn family law needs.