Though many people are uncomfortable handling family issues in court, effective legal counsel is often necessary to protect you and the people you love most. At Stark and Keenan, P.A. in Bel Air, we are experienced Maryland attorneys who handle divorces, custody disputes, child support issues, adoptions and other domestic concerns. With more than two centuries of combined legal practice, we have a deep understanding of the laws governing matrimonial and parenting matters as well as the stress that accompanies family law challenges. Whether your situation seems simple or involves serious conflict, we’ll provide the professional guidance and support that you deserve.
Under Maryland law, the termination of a marriage is referred to as an absolute divorce. This is distinguished from a limited divorce, where parties no longer live together but remain wed, similar to what is called legal separation in some states. Whatever path you choose, our attorneys provide knowledgeable counsel to help you make important choices about:
To alleviate our clients’ financial burdens, we maintain cost-effective rates and work to obtain a Judgment of Absolute Divorce without unnecessary delay. When relevant terms are uncontested, the process might take as little as 30 to 90 days. No matter what timeframe is required to achieve a favorable result, we’ll deliver strong advocacy every step of the way.
Regardless of their marital situation or any disagreements over custody, both parents are legally bound to support their child financially. A noncustodial parent who doesn’t abide by a child support order could have their wages withheld, their driver’s license suspended or even face a contempt charge. The state’s formula for determining support amounts considers each parent’s income and certain expenses when setting a rate. Our firm assists clients in these matters to help ensure accurate information is used and also handles enforcement cases as well as modification actions when a significant change occurs.
Our accomplished attorneys counsel clients on the likelihood, duration, amount and modification of alimony payments. Three general types of post-divorce spousal support exist within the state:
Numerous factors can be evaluated during an alimony decision, but many decisions center on the length of the marriage, each spouse’s earning ability and the couple’s standard of living. We perform a thorough investigation to find any relevant information to use during negotiations or in court.
Stark and Keenan, P.A. represents Maryland clients in divorces, custody disputes and other family law matters in the greater Baltimore metro area. To make an appointment for a meeting at our Bel Air or Baltimore office, please call or contact us online.