Divorce is difficult because it marks the end of a relationship, but an accomplished family lawyer gives you the best chance to protect your rights and make a positive new start. Representing spouses throughout the greater Baltimore metropolitan area, Stark and Keenan, P.A. in Bel Air delivers professional guidance tailored to the specific needs of our clients. We make sure that you are familiar with the Maryland laws that will affect you, your children and your finances for years to come. Whether you think your divorce will be uncontested or fear you’re headed for trial, you can trust in our skill and experience to guide you through the process and help you achieve your objectives.
Our proven Harford County attorneys work tirelessly to make a difficult situation easier and arm you with the knowledge you need about concerns such as:
Even when parties have bitter differences, many disagreements can be worked out through skillful negotiation and mediation. However, when those methods are not sufficient to secure a favorable outcome, we are experienced trial advocates who will press your rights in court.
When spouses cannot agree on how to divide their marital assets, state law directs judges to make a decision based on the principle of equitable distribution, through a split that is fair but not necessarily equal. The length of the marriage, each spouse’s income and contributions that each party made to the other’s career may factor into that determination. Whether or not your property issue goes to court, we’ll advise you on how certain items might be allocated, such as personal property and bank accounts. When appropriate, we bring in forensic accountants and financial professionals to assess stocks, retirement plans and other complex assets.
As with assets, debts accumulated during the course of marriage must be allocated in a divorce order. For many families, their largest financial obligation is the mortgage for their home. If one party remains in the residence, perhaps to provide a stable environment for the couple’s children, reaching a fair resolution can be a challenge. We bring in appraisers and other professionals when necessary to determine how to handle complex financial matters involving mortgages, unpaid school loans, credit card debt and other items. If you know or believe that your partner dissipated assets improperly, our knowledgeable family lawyers will outline your options.
Stark and Keenan, P.A. advocates on behalf of Maryland spouses in divorce proceedings and related matters such as child support disputes and custody negotiations. From our offices in Bel Air and Baltimore, we serve clients throughout Harford County and the surrounding areas. Please call or contact us online to schedule a consultation.