Dealing with divorce, separations, or any other aspect of family law can be incredibly difficult, but you don’t have to face it alone.
If you’re looking for top-notch legal services, Albers & Associates is here to help you whether you’re in Towson, Westminster, Columbia, or anywhere else in Maryland. Our legal team has a wealth of experience with all aspects of family law and we can extend that expertise to you.
Divorce, Uncontested Divorce, and Separation Agreements
Divorce can be one of the most difficult times in your life, but having powerful legal representation on your side can help. Many divorces can drag on and can grow into long court battles, with both sides fighting to get more from the other side, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If both sides in a marriage are able to come to an agreement, then you may be able to go through what is known as an uncontested divorce. For this to happen both sides will need to agree on all of the big issues (child custody, child support, property distribution, spousal support, etc.). Another way to separate from your spouse is with a separation agreement. A separation agreement is an agreement between you and your spouse outlining how important issues like custody, alimony, property division, etc. will be solved. No matter which option is best for your situation, we’re here to guide you through the process.
Custody and Visitation Rights
If you and your spouse have children, then deciding where they will live and who will take care of them is a very big decision. This is usually one of the most contentious parts of a divorce, as both sides may want custody. However, the best interests of the children must always be kept at heart. The best way to receive custody, or to have increased visitation rights, is to work with an experienced Maryland family law attorney.
Alimony, Child Support, and Property Division
Another extremely important aspect of a divorce is the allocation of resources and how things will be set up moving forward. Court proceedings will decide whether or not alimony or child support are necessary and how property should be divided. Alimony is a legal obligation that requires a person to provide financial support to their spouse, while child support is an ongoing payment made by a parent towards the benefit of a child. We can help you negotiate any an every aspect of child support payments, alimony payments, and potential property division.
Protective and Peace Orders
If your relationship with your spouse has ended due to domestic violence or abuse, then you may want to seek either a protective or peace order. Both orders work the same procedurally, the differences come in who they apply to and what protections are offered. Protective orders offer additional types of relief, but peace orders include additional types of abuse. We can walk you through the nuances of each and help you feel safe as you move forward in your life.
Adoption and Guardianship
When children are involved in the divorce process, the questions of adoption and guardianship may come up. If the court finds that both parties of the divorce are unfit parents, then children can be placed for adoption, though oftentimes guardianship of the children will be granted to a grandparent or other relative. This may also be when a step-parent applies to adopt a child. Another potential form of guardianship is adult guardianship. If there’s an adult in the household that is unable to make personal decisions or is unable to handle their own property, then guardianship of this person may be granted to either side.
Call on Albers & Associates for Expert Help with Family Law
If your family is going through a shift, seeking help, and unsure of how to handle legal proceedings, then you have come to the right place. Albers & Associates is one of the leading law firms in Maryland and we can represent you no matter what legal problems you may be facing. To learn more, please contact us today. We’re here to ease your burden.