Essex Family Lawyers

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Timothy E. Howie
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Maryland Family Law Lawyer with 31 years experience

University of North Carolina School of Law4th Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia,...
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Jason Ostendorf
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Maryland Family Law Lawyer with 13 years experience

Law Office of Jason Ostendorf LLC proudly represents Maryland residents in appeals, family law matters, personal injury and consumer protection cases. Mr. Ostendorf has built a solid reputation as a Baltimore, Maryland... Read More »
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Monica L. Scherer
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Free Consultation! Dedicated Maryland Family Law Attorney! Call for Help!

I provide vast experience in domestic and family law matters. I will work tirelessly to deliver results for you and your family! Visit my website to see case settlements and verdicts, or call for a free consultation. Read More »
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Essex, MD Family Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(301) 860-1505 11 Box Cir
Essex, MD 21221
Family and Divorce
Chad Edward Cos
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Rosedale, MD Family Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(410) 780-0328 9303 Philadelphia Rd
Rosedale, MD 21237
Family, Bankruptcy, Business and Divorce
University of Maryland - Baltimore
Monica L. Scherer
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Baltimore, MD Family Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(800) 385-2243 201 N Charles St
26th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
Free ConsultationFamily, Appeals and Divorce
University of Baltimore School of Law
AREAS OF CONCENTRATION INCLUDE

• Maryland Divorce and Separation law
• Pre and Postnuptial Agreements
• Separation and Property Settlement Agreements
• Paternity
• Property Division, the Division of Marital Assets, Maintenance and Support
• Alimony – Pendente Lite, Rehabilitative and Indefinite
• Custody and Visitation
• Maryland and Interstate Child Support
• Military Divorces involving Maryland residents
• Ex Parte Protective Order Hearings (temporary and final)
• Interstate Custody Disputes
• Relocation Child Custody Cases
• Maryland Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act
• Appeals to the Court of Special Appeals and Court of Appeals
• Best Interest Attorney appointments in Baltimore County, Howard County and Talbot County
Steven D. Silverman
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Baltimore, MD Family Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(800) 385-2243 201 N Charles St
26th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
Free ConsultationFamily, Appeals, Arbitration & Mediation and Domestic Violence
University of Baltimore School of Law
Lisa Seltzer Becker
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Baltimore, MD Family Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
300 E Lombard St
Suite #2010
Baltimore, MD 21202
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Education
American University Washington College of Law
I began practicing law in 1996. Since then, I have helped many clients in Maryland and the District of Columbia with their family law issues, including high-conflict divorces, custody cases involving special needs children, and premarital and postmarital agreements. I am an experienced litigator, but is also a trained Collaborative practitioner and trained mediator.

For the last twelve years I have also represented numerous students and families in education matters, including school discipline in public and private schools, and campus sexual assault, Title IX cases and academic misconduct cases at the college level.
Phillip J. Closius
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Baltimore, MD Family Law Lawyer with 44 years experience
(800) 385-2243 201 N Charles St
26th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
Free ConsultationFamily, Appeals, Business and Criminal
Columbia University
Kerry E. Lingenfelter
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Baltimore, MD Family Law Attorney with 2 years experience
(410) 385-2225 201 N Charles St
26th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
Family and Divorce
University of Baltimore School of Law
Adam Thomas Sampson
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Baltimore, MD Family Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(410) 685-3810 118 W. Mulberry Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Family, Appeals, Business and Estate Planning
University of Baltimore School of Law
Mr. Sampson has an active law practice. The firm is a general trial and appellate practice in state and federal courts, focusing on complex civil litigation, commercial/business, land use/zoning, defamation, personal injury, product liability, civil rights, constitutional, and criminal law. A newspaper article outlining Adam's recent trial success, entitled "Baltimore Security Firms Wins Coverage Dispute" can be found at http://bit.ly/Vh3L6. In addition to practicing law, Adam serves the Circuit Court of Baltimore County as an appointed mediator, serves his community by appointment to the Baltimore County Planning Board, and serves his colleagues as a member of the...
Josephia Elease Georgetta Rouse
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(410) 366-6664 1537 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
Offers Video ChatBaltimore, MD Family Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
Family, Estate Planning, Personal Injury and Probate
Charlotte School of Law
Joshua Ortega
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Baltimore, MD Family Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(410) 760-6008 231 E. Baltimore Street
Suite 1102
Baltimore, MD 21202
Family, Criminal and Personal Injury
Charlotte School of law
Attorney Joshua T. Ortega has dedicated his career to protecting the rights of others in the face of complicated legal situations. Mr. Ortega has experience in a wide range of criminal and civil matters - including criminal and civil defense, family law, and personal injury cases. Mr. Ortega's most valuable asset, which sets him apart as an attorney, is his dedication to the needs of his clients. As a zealous advocate, Mr. Ortega gives his clients a powerful voice in and out of the courtroom.
Michael J. O'Shea
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Maryland Family Law Lawyer

Michael was raised in Calvert County. He graduated from DeMatha Catholic High School and went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts from Loyola College in Maryland, where he graduated cum laude and was a member of the Pi Sigma... Read More »
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Fredric Gary Antenberg
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Compassionate and experienced family law representation. Free consultation!

I’m an experienced Baltimore family law attorney and I represent clients in all types of family law cases. My practice includes simple and complex divorces, spousal support, child support, and child custody. Read More »
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Dana Whitehead McKee
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Baltimore, MD Family Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(410) 962-1030 120 E.Baltimore St
Suite 1700
Baltimore, MD 21202
Family, Business, Divorce and Personal Injury
Duke University
Dana McKee handles all aspects of family law, which includes divorces, separation agreements, custody and child support disputes, and prenuptial agreements. She is a tough but fair negotiator who has successfully handled numerous mediations, trials, and appeals. Dana serves as a Court Ordered Settlement Conference Facilitator for the Family Division of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City and has taught courses on custody issues for the National Association of Social Workers.

She is also trained as a collaborative family law attorney, a board member of The Collaborative Professionals of Baltimore, and a member of the Howard County Collaborative Professionals and the...
Gabriel Moreno
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Baltimore, MD Family Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
1800 N. Charles St.
810
Baltimore, MD 21201
Family, Divorce, Immigration and Landlord Tenant
Mala Malhotra-Ortiz
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Baltimore, MD Family Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(410) 988-3030 9407 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD 21234
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Stephen A. Drazin
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Dundalk, MD Family Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(410) 730-6536 9 Center Place
Second Floor
Dundalk, MD 21222
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Stephen Drazin is the Principal, Legal Coordinator, and Managing Attorney at The Drazin Law Center, P.A. Mr. Drazin offers over 20 years of legal experience to individuals and businesses across Maryland, including the Columbia and Baltimore regions. Stephen Drazin is licensed in all the State and Federal Courts within Maryland, as well as, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (in Richmond, VA). Stephen strives to offer an alternative to large law firms by working with clients from the initial consultation through settlement, trial, or case dismissal. Understanding that clients require and desire to know all...
Scott Hannon
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Baltimore, MD Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(410) 635-4750 256 S. Highland Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21224
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal and Divorce
Mr. Hannon came into the law after having served the nation as a Marine officer, where he earned numerous awards and distinctions for his service, as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Penn State University and a Master of Arts Degree in International Relations from Salve Regina University. Mr. Hannon went on to attain his law degree. He routinely handles criminal defense, civil litigation, and family law cases including divorce, custody, visitation, child support and alimony issues. ...
Paul Mark Sandler
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Baltimore, MD Family Law Attorney with 48 years experience
(410) 539-7611 36 S Charles St
Suite 2000
Baltimore, MD 21201
Family, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Joseph Pelham Lawrence Esquire
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Baltimore, MD Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(443) 244-3012 3907 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224
Family, Business, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Baltimore School of Law
Robert Eugene Ness
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Baltimore, MD Family Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(410) 685-0713 217 North Charles St. 2nd Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal and Domestic Violence
University of Baltimore School of Law
Shauntese Curry Trye
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Baltimore, MD Family Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(410) 685-5342 200 E Lexington St
Baltimore, MD 21202
Family
Lesley Atkinson
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Baltimore, MD Family Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(410) 882-9595 7516 Belair Road
Baltimore, MD 21236
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Kevin S. Deltrove
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Experienced & Dedicated Lawyer! Fighting for Families!

I provide legal knowledge and skill to help those with family law matters. I am dedicated to vigorously advocating for your family’s rights and interests! Visit my website for information. Read More »
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James E Crawford Jr.
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Arbutus, MD Family Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(443) 709-9999 1435 Sulphur Spring Rd.
Arbutus, MD 21227
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
University of Baltimore School of Law and University of Maryland - Baltimore
Attorney James E. Crawford, Jr.
Founder and Managing Partner
As a Baltimore-native, Attorney James Crawford grew up watching his father interact with some of the best judges and prosecutors in the state, using forcefulness and grace to navigate complex legal situations. He learned that the power to change the life of even one client is worth more than any amount of money or prestige.
As one of the most capable and tenacious trial lawyers in Maryland, he has enjoyed an extraordinary amount of successes on behalf of clients, spending just about every day of his working career in a Maryland courtroom.
The Founding of...
Robert Siegel
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(410) 760-9433 7310 Ritchie Highway
Suite 1001
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Glen Burnie, MD Family Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
Family, Bankruptcy, Criminal and DUI
University of Baltimore School of Law
Robert A. Siegel is a life-long Maryland resident having grown up in Montgomery County. Robert graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Soon thereafter, Robert passed the CPA exam and gained valuable experience working at a Fortune 500 Company. Not satisfied with a desk job, Robert went back to school to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a courtroom lawyer. In 1998, Robert graduated Cum Laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law and passed the Bar. The next year, Robert was admitted to practice in the...
Thomas George Harrison
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Bel Air, MD Family Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(410) 420-7888 30 E Pennsylvania Ave
Bel Air, MD 21014
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Villa Julie College and Widener University Delaware School of Law
Graduated from Villa Julie College in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in pre-law/paralegal studies. I attended Widener University of Law in Wilmington, Delaware in 1992 and graduated in 1995.

I was admitted to the MD Bar and Fed. Bar for the U.S Federal Court for the District of MD in 1996, and was employed as an associate attorney with the firm of Charles E. Chlan & Assoc. from 1988 until 2002. In 2002, I left Charles E. Chlan & Assoc. to start my own solo law practice in Bel Air, MD.

My primary area of concentration is in...
Allyson Brooke Goldscher
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Stevenson, MD Family Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(410) 602-9522 P.O. Box 555
Suite 201
Stevenson, MD 21153
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Baltimore School of Law
Allyson Brooke Goldscher is a practicing lawyer based in Baltimore, Maryland who started the Law Offices of Allyson G. Goldscher LLC. Her firm focuses mainly on family law litigation, which include divorce and separation, child custody, child support, child visitation/parenting agreements, alimony, domestic violence, adoption, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.
Michael A. Mastracci
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Baltimore, MD Family Law Attorney with 30 years experience
(410) 869-3400 614 Edmondson Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21228
Family, Criminal and DUI
University of Baltimore School of Law
ABOUT MIKE
Present or Past Member of:
2014 - Appointed to the Baltimore County Bar Association's Bench - Bar Committee
2013-2014 Appointed to The Maryland Court Process Committee of the Commission on Child Custody Decision Making.
Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, Maryland Association for Justice, Maryland Criminal Defense Association
Maryland Collaborative Law Association, Inc., International Association of Collaborative Professionals, Maryland Collaborative Practice Council, Howard County Collaborative Professionals, Inc., Baltimore Collaborative Divorce Professionals
Biography: Founder and President, The Child Access Center, 1998-1999
2010 President of the Maryland Collaborative Law Association
Author of Award Winning and Highly Acclaimed Book: Stop Fighting Over the Kids: Resolving Day-to-Day Custody Conflict in Divorce Situations
ISLN:...
Richard David Lebovitz
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(410) 828-0680 401 Washington Avenue
Suite 803
Towson, MD 21204
Towson, MD Family Law Attorney with 27 years experience
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Foreclosure Defense
Duquesne University School of Law
Richard Lebovitz graduated from Emory University with a BA in 1989 having majored in Political Science and Economics. He Graduated from Duquesne University School of Law in 1992, and has been admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar since 1992, and the Maryland Bar since 2005. Richard heads up the office family and Real Estate sections. He represents clients with domestic relations matters, real estate matters, landlord/tenant disputes, litigation, Veteran's claims, contracts and estate practice. He is a member of the Baltimore County, Baltimore City and State of Maryland Bar Associations as well as the Maryland Association for Justice, (formerly Maryland Trial...
Gerard F. Miles Jr.
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Pikesville, MD Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(443) 589-0150 1777 Reisterstown Rd.
Suite 236 East
Pikesville, MD 21208
Family, Business, Criminal and Divorce
Washington and Lee University School of Law
Born and raised in the Baltimore area, Buddy Miles is proud to continue a family tradition of providing professional legal services to individuals and businesses in Baltimore County and throughout Maryland. As a foreclosure trustee and bankruptcy attorney, he is the firm’s contact attorney for creditors requiring foreclosure or bankruptcy services. His practice also includes personal injury, family law, guardianship, DUI defense, traffic ticket defense and collections. At top-25 law school Washington and Lee University, Buddy was on the Moot Court Board, directed the Mock Trial Team and served as treasurer for the Student Bar Association. He served as...
Sharareh B. Hoidra
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Pikesville, MD Family Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(443) 660-7513 1777 Reisterstown Rd.
Ste. 385
Pikesville, MD 21208
Family, DUI, Immigration and Personal Injury
University of Baltimore School of Law
Gerard Miles
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Pikesville, MD Family Law Attorney with 42 years experience
(443) 589-0150 1777 Reisterstown Rd.
Suite 236 East
Pikesville, MD 21208
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Estate Planning
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
For more than 30 years, the dependable lawyers of Huesman, Jones and Miles, LLC have provided a broad range of high-quality legal services in the greater Baltimore area and throughout Maryland. Gerard "Gary" Miles firmly believe in resolving disputes, not creating them. For both individuals and businesses, our experienced and practical attorneys strive to address your needs with a calm professionalism.
Michael J. O'Shea
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Hanover, MD Family Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(443) 749-5111 7467 Ridge Rd
#100
Hanover, MD 21076
Offers Video ChatFamily, Divorce, Personal Injury and Products Liability
University of Maryland School of Law
Michael was raised in Calvert County. He graduated from DeMatha Catholic High School and went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts from Loyola College in Maryland, where he graduated cum laude and was a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha honor society. Michael went on to earn his Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law.

While in law school, Michael was an Associate Editor on the University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender, and Class. During law school, Michael worked for the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County and for the Circuit Court for Howard...
Garland Hall
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Glen Burnie, MD Family Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(410) 787-0007 7420 Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Free ConsultationFamily, Civil Rights, Criminal and Divorce
Widener University, School of Law
Are you thinking about filing for divorce? Are you unsure where to turn when it comes to dealing with child custody issues or a postnuptial agreement? If so, then you can’t afford to wait for the quality care that is so completely available at the Law Office of Garland C. Hall, LLC. Here, you will be treated with the careful understanding and help that is necessary. If you need a Glen Burnie divorce lawyer, then you don’t have to search any longer. The Law Office of Garland C. Hall, LLC consists of a team of legal professionals who will make...
Richard S. Granat
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Serverna Park, MD Family Law Lawyer with 53 years experience
(410) 204-4859 550 M Ritchie Highway
Suite 220
Serverna Park, MD 21146
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...
Timothy E. Howie
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Hanover, MD Family Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(443) 749-5111 7467 Ridge Rd
#100
Hanover, MD 21076
Offers Video ChatFamily, Divorce and Personal Injury
University of North Carolina School of Law
Kevin S. Deltrove
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Hanover, MD Family Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(443) 749-5111 7467 Ridge Rd
#100
Hanover, MD 21076
Offers Video ChatFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Baltimore School of Law
Rene E.B. Tywang
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Towson, MD Family Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(410) 583-8800 300 E. Joppa Rd.
Suite 305
Towson, MD 21286
Family, Criminal and DUI
University of Baltimore School of Law
Kerri Bloom Cohen
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Towson, MD Family Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(410) 657-2515 606 Baltimore Avenue
Suite 407
Towson, MD 21204
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
University of Baltimore School of Law
As a native of Baltimore, Maryland, Attorney Cohen has been practicing here for over 17 years. She established the Law Offices of Kerri Cohen after working for 11 years for the State of Maryland in Baltimore City at the Office of the Public Defender as an experienced criminal defense trial attorney. She represented clients charged with serious felonies such as homicide, rape, robbery and drug charges among other crimes. Attorney Cohen has tried hundreds of cases before Judges and Juries in the Circuit Court, District Court and Juvenile Courts.

Attorney Cohen graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of...
Kelley Spigel
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Glen Burnie, MD Family Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(410) 991-2792 7310 Ritchie Highway
Suite 401
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Kelley was born and raised in Baltimore County.

She received her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Kelley returned to Baltimore and earned her law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Kelley was a Rule 16 student attorney in the Family Law Clinic, where she assisted clients in protective order and divorce matters. Prior to opening her own practice, Kelley was an associate at the Law Office of Garland C. Hall in Glen Burnie. For the last 3 years, Kelley was named among the 10 best attorneys in client satisfaction by the American...
Julius Blattner
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Towson, MD Family Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(410) 415-1400 100 West Pennsylvania Avenue
Suite 302
Towson, MD 21204
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
University of Baltimore School of Law
Attorney Julius M. Blattner is a reputable divorce and custody attorney who understands the complexities of the legal process. He fights to protect the rights of his clients to their fair share of the marital assets and to raise and maintain or develop relationships with their children. He serves all his clients with the same hard work and attention to detail that has characterized his years of dedicated military service. Let him fight for you!
Grant A. Posner
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Timonium, MD Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(410) 252-0600 108 W Timonium Rd
#303
Timonium, MD 21093
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Criminal and Personal Injury
University of Baltimore School of Law
Hasson Barnes
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Baltimore, MD Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(443) 423-0548 1330 Smith Ave
Suite 200
Baltimore, MD 21209
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Divorce
American University Washington College of Law
Attorney Hasson Barnes practices in the areas of civil and criminal litigation, with a focus on the following areas: Real Estate, Landlord Tenant, Contract Disputes, Criminal Defense, and Family Law. Attorney Barnes also prepares Wills, Power of Attorneys, Deeds, and Health Care Directives, and has extensive experience as a mediator.
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Essex Family Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services

House of Ruth Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
(410) 889-7884
Baltimore, MD


Legal Aid Bureau, Inc.
(410) 539-5340
Baltimore, MD

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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.

Some jurisdictions certify lawyers as family law specialists, which means these attorneys have met the certifying body's minimum requirements for education, experience, and examination.


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