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Family Law Case Results

Award of attorney fees of $20,000, substantial child support, sole custody, and supervised visitation in a Montgomery County divorce case

Attorney Mary Ellen Flynn obtained a $20,000 award of attorney’s fees for a parent who was granted sole custody and a substantial amount of child support in a Montgomery County divorce case. In this divorce case, the Court also ordered that private school tuition will be included in the calculation of child support guidelines and that the non-custodial parent would have only supervised visitation with the children because of his inappropriate behavior.

Compelling an ex-spouse to pay for the private education of a child and an award of attorney’s fees

By filing suit, attorney Mary Ellen Flynn obtained a court order to compel her client’s former spouse to pay for their child’s Ivy League education. Although their marital settlement agreement had a provision for the spouse to cover the cost of the child’s college tuition, that parent insisted the child attend a local public university. Attorney Flynn based her argument on both parents’ means and education levels. As a result, she was able to get the student’s Ivy League dream school fees covered as well as the client’s attorney’s fees.

Enforcing trust provisions so that the stepmother can live comfortably

Our eightysomething client was the beneficiary of a trust created by her deceased husband. Her stepchildren insisted she should receive only the interest income from the trust because they needed to “protect” the principal (the step-children were the residual beneficiaries of the trust). Attorney Mary Ellen Flynn proved that the client was entitled to use the principal as well as the interest income for her purposes. As a result, the client was able to return to her home country, where she took up residence in a villa, complete with butler, chef, and driver.

Enforcing alimony provision and obtaining an award of attorney’s fees

Our client’s ex-husband was not complying with the alimony provisions of their marital settlement agreement. After a two-day trial, attorney Mary Ellen Flynn obtained a court order that enforced the alimony award. The result provided for our client’s attorney’s fees and court costs to be paid by the ex-husband.

Obtaining a full refund from a private school for breach of contract

Attorney Mary Ellen Flynn represented the parents of two teen boys in a suit against the boys’ school. Our clients enrolled their sons in a private boarding high school, which had assured them it could accommodate their sons’ learning disabilities. The school did not live up to its obligations, and the boys’ ability to graduate and attend college was at risk. By filing suit and eventually negotiating a settlement, attorney Flynn obtained a refund of all money the parents had paid to the school.

Combatting addiction in divorce cases

Attorney Mary Ellen Flynn has represented many clients dealing with a co-parent who struggles with addiction. This representation includes negotiating detailed parenting agreements and contracts that mandate treatment and verification of that treatment, including strong provisions for the children’s safety. The process empowers her clients and protects the children, but also empowers the addicted parties—encouraging them to embrace recovery and become accountable parents.