California, Maryland Family Lawyers

California, MD Family Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(410) 535-0585 23247 White Birch Ct
California, MD 20619
Family and Divorce
Cameron Methner
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Lexington Park, MD Family Law Attorney with 9 years experience
22196 Three Notch Road Suite 104
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
University of Baltimore School of Law
Cameron joined our firm after serving as law clerk to the Honorable Julia B. Weatherly, known across Maryland as one of the most experienced jurists in family law matters. Cameron’s extensive “behind the scenes” education while serving as clerk is invaluable to her clients who face the prospect of appearing in court for a family law matter. Cameron is a trained mediator and has been since 2008, with a focus on child access mediation. She is currently a Court Appointed Mediator and is assigned mediation cases by the Court as well as accepting private mediations.
Joseph Clifford Hangarter
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Lexington Park, MD Family Law Attorney with 22 years experience
22196 Three Notch Road Suite 104
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Personal Injury
The George Washington University Law School
Joe is our newest team member, joining the firm after practicing in La Plata for over 10 years at Barbour & Hangarter. We have known and respected Joe for a long time, and it is great to have him join us as “Of Counsel.” He is also admitted to practice in Virginia and the Federal Courts, which gives our firm more reach than before. Joe will concentrate his practice in Personal Injury litigation, Family Law, and Elder Law. Joe has a passion for personal injury litigation, and that is a full time job these days. He is a guy...
Rebekka Vallandingham
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Lexington Park, MD Family Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
22738 Maple Road
Suite 210
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Family, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Rebekka is a litigation associate whose practice areas include family law, criminal law and civil litigation. She graduated from Widener University School of Law where she was the Vice-President and Colloquium Coordinator of Trial Advocacy Honor Society and the Pennsylvania Bar Representative of the Student Bar Association. After taking her legal studies abroad to Switzerland, Rebekka was delighted to return to her home town to practice law.
Bryan T. Dugan
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Lexington Park, MD Family Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(301) 862-3764 22738 Maple Road
Suite 210
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Family, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Bryan is a co-founder of Dugan, McKissick and Longmore and has over 25 years of experience as a litigator. Bryan was born in Agana, Guam and moved to St. Mary’s County during his high school years when he attended Chopticon High School. He earned his law degree from the University of Maryland, School of Law. In the late 1980s, Bryan returned to St. Mary’s County as a young lawyer. His practice areas include family, civil, criminal, and traffic litigation matters. Bryan remains an avid supporter and fan of West Virginia Mountaineer Athletics, especially during basketball season.
Alycia E Stack
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Leonardtown, MD Family Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(240) 309-4179 22715 Washington Street, Suite 201
PO Box 188
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
American University
Alycia Stack has spent her career litigating in Southern Maryland, helping families and children through times of crisis. She concentrates her practice in family law, including divorce, child custody, and adoption. She most recently represented children in the child welfare system, throughout foster care, terminations of parental rights, and adoptions as a Staff Attorney at Maryland Legal Aid. Prior to that she represented victims of domestic violence in peace and protective order proceedings. Alycia has handled over 300 peace and protective order cases and has extensive training in domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, and trauma. She is active in...
Kathleen McClernan
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Leonardtown, MD Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(240) 309-4179 22715 Washington Street, Suite 201
P. O. Box 188
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Estate Planning
University of Baltimore
Ms. McClernan is the first female recipient of the Leadership in Law Award, Generation JD from the Daily Record in Southern Maryland. She was recognized as a Top 100 Women in Maryland in 2018. She was also previously recognized as The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 in 2014. She currently dedicates time as a member of the Board of Directors for the Community Mediation of St. Mary's County and sits on the Ethics Commission for St. Mary's County. Ms. McClernan can be found at lunchtime working with the students of Leonardtown High School for the Mock...
Darlene Cocco-Adams
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Lusby, MD Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(410) 326-7151 P.O. Box # 684
Lusby, MD 20657
Family, Business and Criminal
Rutgers University - Camden
Daniel J. Guenther
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Leonardtown, MD Family Law Attorney with 36 years experience
(301) 475-3106 41620 Fenwick St.
PO Box 623
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Family, Bankruptcy and Business
Potomac School of Law, Washington, D.C.
As a practicing Bankruptcy Attorney in Maryland for 32 years, Daniel Guenther has helped hundreds of clients in obtaining debt relief and a fresh start through bankruptcy. He has assisted clients in becoming debt free through Chapter 7 or chapter 13, and has helped homeowners avoid foreclosure and save their home through Chapter 13 as well. He has also successfully represented clients and stopped wage garnishments and attachments of assets through protection under the Federal Bankruptcy Laws. To better serve his clients, he has three offices in Southern Maryland, one in Leonardtown (St. Mary's County), one in Waldorf...
Joshua Tarr
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Lusby, MD Family Law Lawyer
261 Pawnee Lane
Lusby, MD 20657
Family, Criminal, DUI and Landlord Tenant
Jason T. Fowler
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Prince Frederick, MD Family Law Attorney with 4 years experience
(301) 799-5529 35 Duke Street
PO Box 2709
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Divorce and Estate Planning
Georgetown University Law Center and St. Thomas University School of Law
Jason Fowler attended Georgetown University Law Center and St. Thomas University, School of Law for his JD. Jason received a MBA during his time in law school. Upon graduation in 2014, Jason pursued a LLM Degree in Tax at Georgetown University Law Center and later graduated in 2015. Jason was selected to be commencement speaker at his graduation. Jason was admitted to practice in the State of Maryland in 2014. Jason was admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia in 2017. He is a member of the Tax, Estate Planning, and Business Sections of the Maryland Bar Association....
Tamara Fowler
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Prince Frederick, MD Family Law Attorney
(301) 799-5529 35 Duke Street,
P.O. Box 2709
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Free ConsultationFamily and Arbitration & Mediation
St. Thomas University School of Law
Choosing a family lawyer is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Nothing matters more than family matters. Your Family Lawyer must have character, emotional range and most important of all, the right temperament. You are looking for an attorney who has the litigation, mediation and accounting skills to win, but you also need an ally you can trust. When you have both, you can feel confident at every turn and every step of the way.
Joshua Aaron Welborn
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Prince Frederick, MD Family Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(240) 232-8399 65 Duke Street, Suite 211
Prince Frederick, MD 20676
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Joshua A. Welborn is a trial attorney whose practice includes domestic and family law, criminal defense, personal injury, bankruptcy and general civil litigation matters. Joshua has been representing individuals and families in Calvert County and throughout Southern Maryland for over six years. Joshua earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a minor in history from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2005. In 2009 Joshua earned a Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law, where he was an active member of the Property Law Society and Family Law Society. Joshua also served in the Florida Coastal...
Prince Frederick, MD Family Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(410) 535-1600 175 Main St
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Family and Divorce
Prince Frederick, MD Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(410) 535-1780 132 Main St
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Family, Divorce and Real Estate
Prince Frederick, MD Family Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(301) 855-1060 55 Church St
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Family and Divorce
Charlotte Hall, MD Family Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(301) 290-1400 30537 Potomac Way
Charlotte Hall, MD 20622
Family, Divorce and Estate Planning
Prince Frederick, MD Family Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(410) 535-0070 475 Main St
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Family, Divorce and Estate Planning
Tara Frame
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Stevensville, MD Family Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(410) 643-2202 721 Main Street, Suite 100
Stevensville, MD 21666
Family, Estate Planning, Personal Injury and Probate
University of Baltimore School of Law
I provide families with peace of mind by creating and implementing customized estate plans based on the person's and family's unique circumstances and needs, including wills, powers of attorney, trusts, and deeds.
When a loved one dies, I handle all aspects of the probate and estate administration process so the family doesn't have to.
Sandra V. Guzman-Salvado
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(301) 340-1911 1997 Annapolis Exchange Pkwy
Ste 300
Annapolis, MD 21401
Annapolis, MD Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
Family and Divorce
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.
Evan M. Koslow
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Annapolis, MD Family Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(443) 482-5141 420 Chinquapin Round Road
Suite 203
Annapolis, MD 21401
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Baltimore School of Law
Evan Koslow is an experienced family law and civil litigation trial attorney who has spent nearly ten years building a career in the legal profession, which includes working in federal and state governments, as well as in the private sector. Before joining an Annapolis family law firm, Evan served as the Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Julia B. Weatherly in the Circuit Court for Prince George's County. The clerkship with Judge Weatherly afforded Evan the opportunity to participate directly in the judicial decision-making process and gain firsthand insight into factors and evidence judges find persuasive. Evan received...
Nancy Weller
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Annapolis, MD Family Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(410) 263-3660 22 1/2 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Estate Planning
University of Baltimore School of Law
I help people separate and divorce with dignity outside of court through mediation, collaborative practice, and legal coaching. I believe families can continue to be families after divorce.
Diana Valle
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Annapolis, MD Family Law Attorney
(301) 340-1911 1997 Annapolis Exchange Pkwy
Ste 300
Annapolis, MD 21401
Family, Bankruptcy and Foreclosure Defense
American University Washington College of Law and University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Diana Valle offers a comprehensive, individually tailored approach to legal representation. Every client is assessed not only to analyze the correct legal course and strategy but to offer general ancillary assistance on other issues. For example, a client with a bankruptcy problem may also need tax assistance, while a client who is in foreclosure may need a bankruptcy.

Ms. Valle's interest in the law stemmed from her sense of justice and fair play for all. The challenges of learning the law coupled with her passion for justice peaked Ms. Valle's interest in pursuing a legal career. Ms....
Jessica E Zadjura
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Annapolis, MD Family Law Attorney with 8 years experience
1910 Towne Centre Boulevard
Suite 250
Annapolis, MD 21401
Free ConsultationFamily and Estate Planning
University of Baltimore School of Law
Jessica Zadjura was born and lived in Prince George's County until graduating high school and then relocated to Anne Arundel County where she currently resides. She has been active in the Howard County Women's Bar Association for the past 4 years, serving on the executive board for the past 3 years. Jessica believes in giving back to the community. She volunteers her time by participating in Wills for Heroes, a pro bono program created after September 11, 2001 to provide first responders and their families with essential estate planning documents. She also volunteers one day a month at the family...
K. Lynn Carter
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Annapolis, MD Family Law Lawyer with 3 years experience
(443) 205-1432 1835 Forest Drive, Suite D-3
Annapolis, MD 21401
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Real Estate
Charlotte School of Law
Lynn attended Law School in Charlotte, North Carolina and graduated in December 2015. While in school, Lynn served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Albert Diaz in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the Honorable Wanda G. Bryant in the North Carolina State Court of Appeals, and the Honorable Robert C. Conrad in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. In addition to her judicial internships, Lynn interned with the Senior Vice President and Regional Legal Counsel for Balfour Beatty Construction-the 3rd largest builder in the country. Lynn also took...
Joseph Robert Laumann
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Annapolis, MD Family Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(410) 216-9822 1160 Spa Rd, Ste 3C
Annapolis, MD 21403
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Admitted to Practice: Maryland: June 1998 Wisconsin: May 1999 District of Columbia: May 2000 Attorney Laumann was born and raised in Wisconsin, graduating from Palmyra Eagle High in 1987. In 1992, Attorney Laumann graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and Political Science. After attending The Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, Attorney Laumann moved to Maryland in 1997, where he began the Law Office of Joseph Laumann in June 1998.
Thomas Edward Pyles
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Waldorf, MD Family Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(301) 705-5006 2670 Crain Highway
Suite 106
Waldorf, MD 20601
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
American University Washington College of Law
Thomas E. Pyles, Esquire, is an accomplished personal injury and criminal defense trial attorney with over 26 years of legal experience. He has a tremendous background in personal injury and criminal defense cases, having tried over 200 jury trials and over 1,000 bench trials. Mr. Pyles has handled complex civil and criminal litigation with outstanding client satisfaction and great professionalism. His reputation, both inside the courtroom and out, have allowed him to be one of the top litigators in this state.
Neveen H. Kurtom
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Upper Marlboro, MD Family Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(443) 741-2567 Suite 100
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
University of Baltimore School of Law
William C. Fanning, Jr.
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La Plata, MD Family Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(301) 934-3620 FANNING LAW, LLC
201 Centennial Street, Suite 2-A
La Plata, MD 20646
Family, Business, Divorce and Employment
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Attorney Bill Fanning has focused on family law in Maryland since 1993. He and the staff of Fanning Law, LLC understand the complexities associated with separation, divorce, custody, visitation, and other family law matters and will successfully help you and your family through these difficult issues. With over 20 years of experience handling family disputes, Bill Fanning has an in-depth understanding of the legal and emotional issues which affect you and your family. Looking to grow your family through adoption? Fanning Law, LLC can ably assist you and your family through the adoption process...
Valerie E Anias
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Annapolis, MD Family Law Lawyer
(410) 919-1790 PO Box 590
Annapolis, MD 21140
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Landlord Tenant
University of Baltimore School of Law
Valerie E. Anias is a founding member of ERA Law Group, LLC. She leads the family law, estate litigation, and mediation sections of the firm’s practice in Annapolis, Maryland. Val brings compassion, understanding, and thoroughness to the table when taking on a case. She is passionate about assisting underrepresented individuals and advocates for her clients irrespective of their gender, race, sexual orientation, family status, etc. Whether the issue involves a child custody dispute, divorce, adoption, or conflicts in an Estate, Val’s approach provides her clients with top notch legal representation and ensures that her clients’ rights...
Richard S. Granat
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Annapolis, MD Family Law Lawyer with 53 years experience
(561) 622-9971 1125 West Street
Suite 200
Annapolis, MD 21401
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Estate Planning
Columbia School of Law, Columbia University
I run a virtual law firm in Maryland for pro se litigants in family law. I am the author of "How to Do Your Own Divorce in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia," and "Divorce: A Do-It-Yourself Manual For Marylanders," I am committed to the concept of the low cost divorce - the divorce that doesn't break your bank.

I was previous Co-Chair of the ELawyering Task Force of the Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association, whose mission is to help lawyers deliver legal affordable legal services over the Internet to clients of...
Michael Barrett
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National Harbor, MD Family Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(800) 400-2350 137 National Plaza
National Harbor, MD 20745
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
I have been practicing family law and personal injury in the state of Maryland since 2003. I have helped many families deal with the heart ache of divorce and custodial issues related to divorce...helped clients deal with loss of income, transportation, and life activities due to being injured in a car crash. How may I help you?
Jessica Elena Charles
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Upper Marlboro, MD Family Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(240) 561-9224 9701 Apollo Dr
Suite 401
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Family
American University Washington College of Law
Ms. Charles has expertise and experience in family law, wills, trusts and estates, and business law.

She has handled complex family law cases concerning issues of: divorce, alimony, marital property, custody, visitation/access, parental alienation, modification of existing orders, contempt proceedings, protective order proceedings, and child support issues.

In the corporate realm, she works with small and mid-sized companies and assisting them in setting up their business entities as well as representing them in contract negotiations and many other business-related tasks.

Finally, her community involvement is of the utmost importance to her; she believes serving people makes her a better and more effective...
Patrick Joseph Crawford
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Annapolis, MD Family Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(410) 216-7905 170 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Family and Divorce
University of Notre Dame
Patrick is not like other family law attorneys. Patrick has a boutique legal practice in which he provides high-quality service to a small number of clients. His practice is small, and that is how he likes it. He is the only attorney in his office. Having a small practice allows Patrick to provide a highly personalized service in which he gets to know each client and delivers representation that is tailored to achieve that client’s unique goals. He is aggressive while also being careful to avoid wasteful efforts and strategies that usually serve only to increase the client’s legal fees....
Michelle Barnes
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Cambridge, MD Family Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(410) 463-6296 505 Maryland Ave
Cambridge, MD 21613
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Baltimore School of Law
Heavyweight Experience in YOUR corner. Michelle has 25 years experience in the courtroom. As a twice elected State's Attorney, 8 years as the Division Chief for the Maryland Attorney General's Office specializing in criminal and environmental matters, and 12 years as a successful criminal defense attorney, Michelle is the one to have in your corner. Michelle practices all over the Eastern Shore of Maryland, as well as Anne Arundel, Prince George's, Baltimore City, and Baltimore Counties, as well as surrounding locations. Offices are based in Cambridge, MD but she can arrange meeting and trial prep rooms...
Stephanie Moran
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Upper Marlboro, MD Family Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(240) 764-5302 9500 Arena Drive
Suite 430
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Georgetown University Law Center and University of Maryland - Baltimore
Stephanie Moran is an experienced attorney at Watson & Moran LLC. She is a zealous litigator and negotiator who is dedicated to providing excellent service and legal representation. Ms. Moran's practice areas include Family Law, Civil Litigation, Employment Law, Discrimination, Entertainment Law and Bankruptcy.

Ms. Moran was born in Washington, D.C. She earned her B.A. in 1995 from Howard University, magna cum laude. Her J.D. was obtained at the University of Maryland School of Law in 1998. Additionally, Ms. Moran earned an LL.M., with honors, in 2001 from Georgetown University Law School. Ms. Moran served as Law Clerk to the...
Darlene Powell
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Bowie, MD Family Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(301) 464-6260 16701 Melford Boulevard
Suite 400
Bowie, MD 20715
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Harvard Law School and University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
General practice law firm serving clients in Prince George's County, Maryland and surrounding Maryland counties.
Leonard A Englander
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Annapolis, MD Family Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(410) 236-5265 210 Legion Ave.
#6813
Annapolis, MD 21401
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Landlord Tenant
Everyone should be able to afford justice. As a teacher for disadvantaged teens in Baltimore, it was clear to me that the lack of affordable legal representation is a problem for so many who seek a fair outcome in court. Making sure that everyone’s rights are honored, regardless of income, has always been my goal as an attorney. Starting with my work as a law student with University of Maryland’s JustAdvice Clinic, to volunteering with Legal Aid, to fighting for the rights of victims as an attorney for the nonprofit, SALI (Sexual Assault Legal Institute), I have represented clients in...
David Christopher Martino
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Annapolis, MD Family Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(410) 777-8043 1910 Towne Centre Blvd
Suite 250
Annapolis, MD 21401
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
General practice handling family law, contract, criminal law, and personal injury matters. I also offer services for mediation, legal research, and appellate practice (administrative and state court). Limited scope representation is available for clients of limited means or to fill in for an attorney who has a conflict or emergency.
Eilene Brown
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Bowie, MD Family Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(301) 352-8960 3540 Crain Hwy #331
Bowie, MD 20716
Family, Bankruptcy and Estate Planning
Brooklyn Law School
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Dealing with family law issues?

Family law generally concerns domestic relations and family-related matters such as marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, adoptions, paternity, guardianships, domestic abuse, surrogacy, child custody, child abduction, the dissolution of marriage and associated issues. Each state has its own set of family laws, and traveling across state borders can sometimes affect your rights and those of your family.

Contrary to popular belief, seeking the advice of a family law attorney does not necessarily mean that something is amiss in your family. A family law attorney can help negotiate prenuptial/premarital agreements for clients in anticipation of marriage or advise same-sex couples on relevant legal issues affecting their relationship. They also can help with adoption proceedings and other procedures involving children.

Family law attorneys often do represent clients seeking a divorce, annulment or legal separation, and the complicated issues that can arise as a result. Although domestic abuse is a criminal offense, some family law attorneys are skilled at handling these situations, as they are often entangled with other family law issues.

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