Your Divorce Lawyers in Maryland & Washington, DC
When marriage dissolution is on the horizon, turn to us. When a marriage ends, things can get complicated. Even among the most cooperative spouses, the assignment of property and custody issues can be complex and sensitive. High-tension situations can arise when deciding who gets what, especially regarding alimony or child custody. These stressful situations, especially between couples with a contentious history, can erupt into exhaustive litigation battles. Our highly skilled Maryland and DC family law attorneys avoid these situations to the best of our abilities.
Many of our lawyers are certified mediators, and others have years of experience conducting negotiations between contentious parties in complex financial and emotional circumstances. But when litigation is inevitable, you’ll be glad you have the seasoned professionals at Andalman & Flynn on your side, vigorously fighting for your rights.
We serve Silver Spring and the surrounding communities in Montgomery County, including Gaithersburg, Rockville, Chevy Chase, Bethesda, Olney, and Potomac. Contact us online or call 301-563-6685 for a free consultation.
Maryland Divorce Attorneys in Gaithersburg, Rockville & Chevy Chase
Our knowledgeable team of attorneys and paralegals can guide you through all aspects of your divorce and related matters, including:
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Parenting Plans
- Prenuptial Agreements
- Division of Marital Property
- Marital Settlement Agreements
- And more
If you’re looking for a caring and professional divorce lawyer in Chevy Chase, MD, or the surrounding areas, call (301) 563-6685 today.
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Protecting children is our highest priority
While divorce can be hard on adults, children are often the most traumatized by this painful process. That’s why Andalman & Flynn places the utmost importance on insulating children from the emotional wounds that come from a combative divorce. Our veteran attorneys are intimately familiar with the injuries divorce can inflict on a family’s sense of well-being, so we work hard to facilitate peace in a cooperative environment.
How will we support you?
We’re in your corner — whether you’re pursuing divorce due to irreconcilable differences, adultery, domestic violence, or another type of conflict, divorce is sometimes necessary to improve the quality of your life. Hiring the right divorce lawyers is crucial to ensuring you have the best opportunities in place as you begin this new chapter in your life.
If you’re ready to separate from your spouse or file for divorce, or if you’ve been served with divorce papers, our team of compassionate attorneys will be there to provide expert legal advice throughout this difficult and stressful time.
Our clear guidance cuts through even the most complicated circumstances to provide the best possible results. We pursue your claims quickly and efficiently so you can focus on your plans for the future.
We will fight for you! Choose Andalman & Flynn for Divorce Lawyers in MD & DC
Whether divorce is a possibility or a certainty, securing the legal services of Andalman & Flynn is the best choice you can make. We have helped thousands of clients and we would be honored to help you, too.
Contact us online or call 301-563-6685 to schedule a consultation.
FAQs About Maryland Divorce Law
Is there a way to get divorced without going to court in Maryland?
In Maryland, there are two ways you can file for divorce: Absolute divorce and limited divorce. With an absolute divorce, Maryland law requires you provide the court with a legal “ground” (reason) for why you’re seeking a divorce. Legal grounds include adultery, desertion, felony conviction, insanity, and domestic abuse.
If you choose to pursue an absolute divorce, you’ll likely face an argument with your spouse and the case will be considered “contested,” which will require the case to go to trial. In a limited divorce, a few important issues are settled between the couple, but it does not legally end your marriage. Limited divorces are usually a stepping stone for couples to become eligible for filing an absolute divorce.
Alternatively, you can file an uncontested divorce if you and your spouse have been separated and haven’t shared a residence in 12 months. You may also file for a mutual consent divorce, which is available for couples who haven’t been separated for 12 months but who both agree that their marriage is irretrievably damaged. Through this option, you’ll need to submit a settlement agreement to the court to resolve issues of alimony, property division, custody, and child support.
Can I get divorced if I don’t know where my spouse is?
Filing for divorce with an absentee spouse is possible; however, it is a much lengthier process than standard divorce cases. To divorce an absentee spouse, you must first file a motion for alternative service. Through this process, you essentially request permission from the court to pursue alternative means of serving your divorce petition.
To get this permission granted, you must first be able to prove you have performed due diligence and exhausted every avenue for locating your spouse’s whereabouts. Once your motion is approved, you may serve your divorce petition to your spouse via publication, meaning you can print the divorce petition in the newspaper.
Your court order for doing so will also specify how many times the legal notice must run in the paper in order to be considered sufficient. Once the legal notice has run its course, you will need to wait an additional statutory period until the courts grant you a divorce by default.
How long does it take to get a divorce in Maryland?
The length of your divorce largely depends on the route you take to file and how contested the divorce proceedings are by your spouse. However, once a court issues approval for your divorce, it will be finalized after 30 days of receiving court approval.
How much does divorce cost?
In most divorce cases, you’ll need to hire a knowledgeable divorce attorney to handle your case. Divorce lawyer costs can range between $4,000 and $28,000, with the average fee costing $11,000. It’s important to note that these costs largely depend on whether the case will go to trial, how contested it is by your spouse, and the complexity involved in splitting assets fairly between the two parties.
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