Rawlings, Maryland Divorce Lawyers

Robert Alan Alderson
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Cumberland, MD Divorce Attorney with 35 years experience
(301) 724-3424 100 South Liberty Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
Divorce, Collections, DUI and Family
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Gregg Schaaf
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Cumberland, MD Divorce Attorney with 35 years experience
(301) 724-3360 7 Washington St
Cumberland, MD 21502
Divorce, Criminal and Domestic Violence
Georgetown University Law Center
Cell No. 301.697.4804. Here to help you or your loved one.
Cumberland, MD Divorce Lawyer with 21 years experience
(301) 724-3424 100 S Liberty St
Cumberland, MD 21502
Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
Cumberland, MD Divorce Lawyer with 27 years experience
(301) 724-5200 213 Washington St
Cumberland, MD 21502
Divorce, Bankruptcy, Business and Family
Frostburg, MD Divorce Lawyer with 14 years experience
(301) 724-5200 104 Summit Pl
Frostburg, MD 21532
Divorce and Family
Cumberland, MD Divorce Lawyer with 21 years experience
(301) 759-3550 201 Washington St
Cumberland, MD 21502
Divorce, Business and Family
Cumberland, MD Divorce Lawyer with 27 years experience
(301) 759-4343 75 Greene St
Cumberland, MD 21502
Divorce, Bankruptcy, Business and Family
Cumberland, MD Divorce Attorney with 15 years experience
(301) 724-6200 7 Washington St
Cumberland, MD 21502
Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
Cumberland, MD Divorce Lawyer with 25 years experience
(301) 722-9600 14 Greene St
Cumberland, MD 21502
Divorce, Criminal, DUI and Family
Ms. Stuart Muntzing Skok
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Frederick, MD Divorce Lawyer with 24 years experience
(301) 296-4512 5100 Buckeystown Pike
Suite 250
Frederick, MD 21704
Divorce and Family
West Virginia University College of Law
Stuart Skok is owner and principal of Stuart Skok Law, LLC, with offices in Montgomery and Frederick Counties. She is licensed to practice in Maryland and Washington, D.C. Stuart has practiced matrimonial and family law for over 20 years, handling cases both in and out of litigation. She is certified in Collaborative Divorce and divorce mediation. She frequently lectures on family law and recently published her Handbook on Separation & Divorce, Fourth Edition, available on her website. Stuart has a particular interest in cases involving children with special needs, having a special needs child herself,...
Pawnee A. Davis
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Rockville, MD Divorce Lawyer with 13 years experience
(844) 350-8343 17 W Jefferson St.
Suite 4
Rockville, MD 20850
Free ConsultationDivorce, Family and Personal Injury
University of Pittsburgh School of Law and California State University - Sacramento
I am an award-winning attorney who is experienced and knowledgeable. I am committed to serving my clients well through assertive, thoughtful advocacy. All cases are handled with care, and with a focus on getting results for the client. It is a team effort and I seek the best resolution for you.

Paying for legal representation can be challenging. We do not want money to be an obstacle to receiving excellent representation. As a remedy, we have two (2) new payment options for family law, divorce law, and business law for your legal matter or case and for appeals.

(1) We partner...
Lynndolyn Tippins Mitchell
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Rockville, MD Divorce Attorney with 32 years experience
(301) 340-2541 401 East Jefferson Street
Suite 201
Rockville, MD 20850
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence, Education and Traffic Tickets
Antioch Law School
Lynndolyn Mitchell has represented clients in domestic, traffic and criminal litigation matters in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia for over two decades. Ms. Mitchell begin her legal career with Juvenile defenders in her hometown of Santa Ana California. Ms. Mitchell has recently expanded her practice to representing military members in Veterans benefits issues and representing special education students at Individual Education Program (IEP) meetings. Lynndolyn Mitchell served as a senior assistant public defender in Virginia Beach, Virginia and deputy public defender in Riverside, California. Ms. Mitchell represents individuals from all economic, social and cultural...
Sandra V. Guzman-Salvado
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(301) 340-1911 5100 Buckeystown Pike
Ste 250
Frederick, MD 21704
Frederick, MD Divorce Attorney with 15 years experience
Divorce and Family
University of Baltimore School of Law
Sandra Guzma- Salvado is a bi-lingual family law attorney, mediator, Best Interest Attorney for Children, and Parent Coordinator.

Sandra represents individuals in cases involving child custody, divorce, child support, and access in Maryland. She is often appointed to represent children in contested custody matters.

Legal disputes may be resolved through negotiation, litigation, mediation, or collaborative practice.

Sandra's focus has always been family law because it is what she finds most rewarding. It is an area of law where her patience, reflective listening skills, and ability to sympathize is helpful.
Keith Schiszik
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Fredrick, MD Divorce Attorney with 46 years experience
(240) 772-5200 50 Carroll Creek Way
Suite 340
Fredrick, MD 21701
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Domestic Violence and Family
American University School of Law
I have helped over 3,000 people through the divorce process in my career. I try to educate my clients so they understand the law and what a "reasonable settlement" looks like. Over 95% of my cases settle without having to do a trial because I work hard to reach creative solutions to these emotional issues.
LaSheena M. Williams
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Rockville, MD Divorce Attorney with 5 years experience
(301) 778-9950 17 West Jefferson Street
Suite 202
Rockville, MD 20850
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Howard University School of Law

LaSheena M. Williams is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. After graduating from Towson University with a dual degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice she moved to the DMV metro area to attend Howard University School of Law.

After law school, she completed a post-graduate internship with The Prince George’s County State’s Office Citizen’s Complaint Division. There, she exercised prosecutorial discretion regarding over 300 citizen-filed complaints, including complaints regarding elder abuse and domestic violence.

After completing her internship, she worked as a divorce and child custody attorney for a small law firm in Baltimore County, Maryland. As a family lawyer she gained extensive experience...
Dawn Renee Gould
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Frederick, MD Divorce Attorney with 12 years experience
(877) 270-3165 P.O. Box 3073
Frederick, MD 21705
Divorce and Family
Hamline University School of Law
Ms. Gould was a prosecutor for the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office for over 10 years prosecuting child support cases from the establishment phase to the enforcement phase. She was also the Legal Liaison for the State’s Attorney’s Office Child Support Division with the Non-Custodial Parent Employment Program and the Frederick County Workforce Services, both of which assisted individuals in breaking barriers to obtaining employment.

Ms. Gould also has a background in drafting legislation as she was a policy analyst for the State Legislature, Maryland General Assembly, Department of Legislative Services.

Ms. Gould is a Member of the Maryland State Bar...
Margaret Alice Teahan
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Frederick, MD Divorce Attorney with 26 years experience
(301) 698-8182 100 N. Court Street
Frederick, MD 21701
Divorce, Criminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
University of Baltimore School of Law
Aggressive, respected and affordable.
Evening and weekend appointments available.
I have over 20 years of experience as a trial lawyer, with hundreds of cases tried to verdict in Maryland courts. I will work tirelessly to secure a positive result for anyone I represent.
On four separate occasions, the Frederick legal community has nominated me to serve as a trial court judge. I will put my reputation to work for you.
Stewart Andrew Sutton
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8 Executive Park Court
Germantown, MD 20874
Free ConsultationGermantown, MD Divorce Attorney with 31 years experience
Divorce, Family, Legal Malpractice and Personal Injury
University of California - Los Angeles
I’m Stewart A. Sutton and I have been practicing law in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and California for over 30 years. I am a general practitioner, who helps individuals, families, employees, entrepreneurs, and small businesses solve their ordinary and sometimes extraordinary legal problems.

My areas of practice include: family law; business law; personal injury; civil rights; wills and trusts; legal malpractice, real estate litigation, and appeals. I limit my practice to representing no more than a dozen litigation clients at a time.

My philosophy is to provide the highest quality legal representation to a small number...
Elizabeth Stup
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Frederick, MD Divorce Attorney with 16 years experience
(301) 663-7893 257 West Patrick Street
Frederick, MD 21701
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
University of Baltimore School of Law
Elizabeth Stup is a family law attorney who practices in Frederick and Washington county. She focuses her practice on assisting her clients to reach long term solutions for their custody and parenting access (visitation). She also works extensively with parents who must return to court for modification of existing custody or divorce orders due to changes in circumstances or the need to move to a new location. She understands the important considerations of the law, developmental needs of the children and the emotional impact on all of the family members during and after the divorce process. ...
Imad Soubra
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Frederick, MD Divorce Lawyer with 14 years experience
(301) 219-5038 5100 Buckeystown Pike
#250
Frederick, MD 21704
Free ConsultationDivorce, Bankruptcy, Criminal and Family
The George Washington University Law School and Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan
Soubra Law Firm is founded on the principals of providing effective and affordable legal representation to their clients. The Firm specializes in all aspects of Family Law including divorce, custody and visitation, child abuse situations, child and spousal support determination, prenuptial agreements, and adoption. The practice areas also include Criminal Defense, DWI/DUI, Workers' Compensation, and Car Crashes.

My name is Imad Soubra, and I am the principal of Soubra Law Firm. I offer my clients individual and personal attention when I handle their cases. I make myself available to my clients to offer them the affordable and efficient legal service...
Hadrian Hatfield
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Potomac, MD Divorce Attorney with 34 years experience
(301) 230-6575 12505 Park Potomac Avenue
Suite 600
Potomac, MD 20854
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Family and International
Faculte de Droit, Nice, France, Vanderbilt University Law School and University of Central Arkansas
Hadrian N. Hatfield represents clients who want creative, informed, and thoughtful solutions to complex family law problems. His in-depth knowledge and extensive experience ranges from cases with high-stakes and strong emotions to interstate and international situations. Mr. Hatfield is fluent in French and has worked on international law issues at the U.S. Department of State. Local and overseas clients often consult him on international family law matters such as: •International Pre-Nuptial Agreements; •Divorce litigation in two countries at the same time; •Foreign located marital assets; •International alimony and child support issues; and •Custody and visitation rights in...
Mariah D. Stover
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Gaithersburg, MD Divorce Lawyer with 11 years experience
(888) 519-2801 18310 Montgomery Village Ave
#410
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Divorce, Criminal, DUI and Family
American University Washington College of Law
Ms. Stover is an attorney with extensive knowledge and experience in a wide variety of legal matters including family law (divorce, custody, child support), criminal and traffic (DUI/DWI, theft, Post-Conviction Petitions), personal injury (auto accidents, pedestrian accidents, slip and falls), and immigration (naturalization, adjustment of status, and asylum).

After graduating law school, Ms. Stover clerked for the Honorable Marielsa A. Bernard of the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, MD. Throughout her clerkship, Ms. Stover not only gained knowledge of the law and the inner workings of the courthouse, but she also gained extensive insight into a wide variety of family law...
Geoffrey Scott Platnick
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Potomac, MD Divorce Lawyer with 16 years experience
(301) 231-0927 12505 Park Potomac Avenue
6th Floor
Potomac, MD 20854
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
SUNY Buffalo Law School
When it comes to achieving a positive outcome for his clients, Geoffrey Platnick is passionate. Often meeting him under emotionally devastating circumstances, clients rely on Geoff to assess their specific family circumstances and goals, and then formulate and execute a strategy to achieve a desirable outcome for them and their families. His experience and training provides him an insightful perspective into the field of family law and its complex needs. He presents clients with strategic, thoughtful and zealous representation, providing solutions for both their immediate and long-term concerns. Geoff is particularly adept at crafting settlement agreements that...
Afshin Pishevar
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Rockville, MD Divorce Lawyer
(301) 279-8773 226 N Adams St
Rockville, MD 20850
Free ConsultationDivorce, Bankruptcy, Business and Family
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Pamela Lindsay Parvis
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Rockville, MD Divorce Attorney with 17 years experience
(301) 340-9090 111 Rockville Pike
Suite 1120
Rockville, MD 20850
Divorce and Family
University of Baltimore School of Law
Since 2002, I have represented clients in Maryland custody, divorce, and marital matters. I negotiate, litigate, and advocate for the best interests of my clients, whether in contested litigation, uncontested settlement, as well as premarital and other agreements. My clients are not only spouses and parents, but also children whose interests she is appointed by the court to represent in contested custody litigation. I strive to improve the Maryland law in the General Assembly, volunteering my time to monitor, advocate, and educate about legislative developments in family law.

My goal is to help my clients move away from...
Mr. Jason William Cleckner Esq.
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Rockville, MD Divorce Lawyer with 13 years experience
(301) 789-1616 27 Wood Lane
Second Floor
Rockville, MD 20850
Divorce, Criminal, Domestic Violence and Family
Syracuse University College of Law
Mr. Cleckner practices exclusively in the areas of criminal defense, traffic defense, and peace and protective order defense. He has never done anything else. Therefore, he focuses all of his extensive court experience on your case to get the best possible outcome. His wife Melanie handles all of the firm's domestic, family and divorce matters.
Rada A Machin
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(301) 731-2000 1 Research Ct
Ste 450
Rockville, MD 20850
Rockville, MD Divorce Attorney
Divorce, Business, DUI and Family
UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
Rada A. Machin is a Principal of The Machin Law Firm, LLC.

Rada has successfully negotiated and settled large lawsuits brought against her clients both businesses and individuals, represented individuals in contentious divorce and custody battles, successfully defended her clients in DUI trials and MVA hearings, and has served as a Court Appointed Attorney for the State of Maryland, representing arrested individuals for initial appearances/bond hearings. Rada has a very high success rate representing Immigrants applying for Green Cards, Citizenship, Adjustment of Status, and I-601A waivers.

Rada is a savvy business law attorney and aids many corporations through contract negotiations and...
Rahul Kishore
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Rockville, MD Divorce Lawyer
(301) 315-0001 9201 Corporate Blvd.
Suite 330
Rockville, MD 20850
Divorce and Family
Rahul Kishore - Maryland Divorce Attorney / Lawyer Concentrating in Family Law Matters such as Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Alimony, Collaborative Divorce, Family Mediation and Division of Marital Property. Which allow them to handle large asset based Family Law cases successfully. We are here to help you call on 301-715-3838 or visit www.maryland-lawoffice.com
Elizabeth Pugliese
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Rockville, MD Divorce Attorney with 10 years experience
(240) 408-5393 200A Monroe St., Ste. 303
Rockville, MD 20850
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence and Family
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
A law firm for every day people. The belief of my practice is simple: I represent those who need an attorney but think they can't afford one. I believe in standing up for those who think no one will stand up for them. I give voice to the voiceless. Sometimes things happen. You need an attorney. You think you can't afford one. You can afford Elizabeth Pugliese, Esq.
Emily L. Russell
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Rockville, MD Divorce Attorney with 12 years experience
(443) 812-1435 199 E Montgomery Ave
Suite 100
Rockville, MD 20850
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Emily leads our firm’s litigation team, focusing on all aspects of divorce, custody and child support matters. Emily’s favorite place to be, when she’s working, is in the courtroom. She is a seasoned litigator who will tell you that there are few things in life better than a well-executed cross-examination. When she’s not in court, Emily is one of the nicest lawyers you will ever meet. Within the firm she is known for her ability to approach every case with a calm focus that puts her clients at ease. She has earned the well-deserved reputation among her colleagues for...
Anthony A. Fatemi
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(888) 519-2801 18310 Montgomery Village Ave
#410
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Gaithersburg, MD Divorce Lawyer with 20 years experience
Divorce, Criminal, Family and Immigration
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Alexander K Anderson
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Rockville, MD Divorce Lawyer with 6 years experience
(301) 675-5672 200A Monroe Street, Suite 100
Rockville, MD 20850
Free ConsultationDivorce, Appeals, Domestic Violence and Family
American University Washington College of Law
At the Law Firm of Alexander K. Anderson nothing is more important than delivering results for you. From the outset, the firm will do everything possible to make you feel comfortable and confident with the status of your case. We understand that communication is key. We begin by having a conversation about your goals and expected results and begin to build a strategic plan to obtain those goals. It’s a one-on-one, very personal approach. Our promise is not just about the personal attention that the firm will provide, but also the strategic plan to obtain your...
Brian Pearlstein
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Gaithersburg, MD Divorce Attorney with 26 years experience
(410) 253-6371 16061 Comprint Circle
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Divorce and Family
Brian Pearlstein is the Managing Partner of Brodsky Renehan Pearlstein & Bouquet, and he enjoys an excellent reputation among his peers, clients, and community for his tireless advocacy for those who find themselves involved in complex and emotionally charged situations. Mr. Pearlstein’s ability to creatively tailor strategies on behalf of each client, combined with his conscientious approach and love of the law has made him one of the most sought-after family law attorneys in the state of Maryland and D.C.

“Whether it’s a divorce, custody, domestic violence, complex financial dispute, alimony or child support matter, my role is to tirelessly...
Lisa Trail
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Frederick, MD Divorce Lawyer with 20 years experience
(240) 583-0233 5100 Buckeystown Pike
Suite 250
Frederick, MD 21704
Divorce and Family
University of Baltimore School of Law
Lisa Trail is an attorney and the founder of Maryland Strategic Divorce Consulting, LLC. Ms. Trail has over 19 years of experience as an attorney in Maryland, the last decade of which was spent focusing on family law. Lisa Trail approaches her cases in a caring and methodical manner, focusing on the specific needs of her clients. She pays attention to the details that can change the outcome of her client’s case. Ms. Trail’s personalized approach, together with her practical knowledge and expertise in family law provides clients with the help they need. After years...
Alicia R. Lucero
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(301) 340-7600 401 East Jefferson Street, Suite 103
Rockville, MD 20850
Rockville, MD Divorce Attorney with 15 years experience
Divorce and Family
The George Washington University Law School
Alicia is a native of the Washington Metropolitan Area, born in Washington D.C. and raised in Montgomery County, Maryland. Alicia received her B.A. in Political Science with Honors at the University of Maryland College Park. She later attended The George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC, and graduated with honors. She was admitted to practice law in the State of Maryland in 2004.

Since being admitted to the bar, Ms. Lucero has been practicing family law.

Alicia is the proud mother of a high school CAP student at Blair High School. In her free time she enjoys...
David Gardner
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Rockville, MD Divorce Lawyer with 38 years experience
(301) 378-8835 600 Jefferson Plaza
Suite 308
Rockville, MD 20852
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Domestic Violence and Family
American University Washington College of Law
Divorce is often a difficult and painful process, and it can be emotionally exhausting. If you are going through the divorce process and are wondering where you can turn to procure the help you need at such a time, look no further than Gardner Law Firm. A divorce lawyer in Rockville at this office has assisted numerous individuals who are dealing with complications and hardships comparable to yours and is prepared to take on your case and support you at this time. Attorney David Gardner received his Juris Doctorate from the American University, Washington College of Law and is a...
Dontrice Hamilton
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Rockville, MD Divorce Attorney with 14 years experience
(301) 503-1690 1 Church Street
Suite 910
Rockville, MD 20850
Free ConsultationDivorce, Criminal, Domestic Violence and Family
The George Washington University Law School
2002 and 2003 - Nominated for Who's Who Among American Law Students

2012 - Recipient of the Pro Bono Award from Community Legal Services of Prince George's County, Inc.

2014 - Recipient of the President's Citation for Outstanding Pro Bono Service from the Montgomery County Maryland Bar Foundation

Attorney Dontrice P. Hamilton graduated from The George Washington University National Law Center. As a law student, she interned at the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. After graduation, she was a Judicial Law Clerk to The Honorable William B. Spellbring, Jr. at the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County. Her practice focuses on family law,...
Spencer Michael Hecht
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Rockville, MD Divorce Attorney with 17 years experience
(301) 587-2099 111 Rockville Pike, Suite #740
Rockville, MD 20850
Divorce and Family
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
After graduating from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2002, Spencer Hecht began his path towards developing a boutique family law practice founded on principles of unmatched work ethic, comprehensive knowledge of the law, and the real practicalities of the family dynamic. Mr. Hecht’s extensive divorce and child custody experience, aggressive approach, and high rate of success, has allowed him and his firm to become a strong presence in Montgomery County and the surrounding counties in Maryland.

A native of Montgomery County himself, Mr. Hecht resides in Montgomery County with his two sons. His firm is deeply rooted in...
Robert Lloyd Baum
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Rockville, MD Divorce Lawyer with 37 years experience
(301) 610-0610 401 N Washington St
Suite 500
Rockville, MD 20850
Free ConsultationDivorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Family
Washington University School of Law
Bob Baum has over 35 years of experience dedicated to helping individuals, families and businesses resolve difficult disputes through mediation, arbitration, collaborative law and litigation. Bob prides himself on having a loyal relationship with his clients, founded on extensive experience, availability and integrity. Throughout the years, Mr. Baum continues to thrive as a leader in his field. He will explain and provide you with the most appropriate way to resolve your legal concern, using the most appropriate time and cost effective method to resolve your legal issues. Bob is experienced in deciding many...
Richard Dodd II
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Rockville, MD Divorce Lawyer with 33 years experience
(301) 637-3626 110 N. Washington St.
Suite 501-D
Rockville, MD 20850
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
Boston University School of Law
Richard Dodd is a seasoned divorce and child custody negotiator and litigator. He is also trained in mediation and collaborative dispute resolution, both of which emphasize clients' self-determination in negotiating settlement terms to provide for equitable parenting access plans and property settlements according to their values and objectives, rather than leaving the outcome to a judge.
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Considering divorce?

If a person wishes to terminate his or her marriage, he or she may file for a divorce. In a divorce proceeding, the court will terminate the marriage and determine the rights and responsibilities of the divorcing parties regarding child custody, child visitation, child support and spousal support (alimony). The court will also redistribute marital assets.

Depending on where you reside and where your assets are, the division of property can be a very simple or very complex process. Disputes often arise during this phase of a divorce if the two parties disagree as to who should receive which assets or property.

Finding a divorce lawyer who is experienced and reliable can reduce your stress and help you make the best choices possible. A good divorce lawyer should be a problem solver who is skilled at negotiation and possesses a solid trial background. If both parties are open to alternative dispute resolution, such as arbitration or mediation, finding a lawyer experienced in collaborative divorce or divorce mediation would be beneficial.

Divorce lawyers also handle child custody issues, including multi-state and international child custody situations. Some divorce lawyers may be certified by their states as being family law specialists. Certification often requires that a lawyer meet certain experience and educational criteria.


Legal Custody: A parent with legal custody has the right to decide on the child's upbringing, education, and medical care. A court may grant legal custody to one parent (sole legal custody) or both parents (joint legal custody).

Separate Property: Property acquired before marriage or during the marriage as a gift or inheritance, or bought during marriage with separate property.