Hagerstown Family Lawyers

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Ms. Jessica L Russell Esq.
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Frederick, MD Family Law Attorney with 7 years experience
153 West Patrick Street
Suite D
Frederick, MD 21701
Family, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Jessica Russell was born and raised in Frederick, Maryland, and is now committed to providing excellent legal services to her community. In 2010, Ms. Russell interned at the Office of the Public Defender for Baltimore City's Juvenile Justice Division. From 2011- 2013, Ms. Russell competed for her school's Alternative Dispute Resolution Team, taking third place in the 2012 International Competition for Mediation Advocacy in Toronto. While in law school, Ms. Russell served on the executive board of the Law Students for Reproductive Justice, University of Maryland Chapter and was active in the International Law Society. Prior to...
Brian Pearlstein
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Gaithersburg, MD Family Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(410) 253-6371 16061 Comprint Circle
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Family and Divorce
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...
Geoffrey Scott Platnick
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Potomac, MD Family Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(301) 231-0927 12505 Park Potomac Avenue
6th Floor
Potomac, MD 20854
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
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...
Keith Havens
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Frederick, MD Family Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(301) 696-0110 220 N. Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Domestic Violence
American University Washington College of Law
At Havens & Associates, LLC, our clients come first. Every client is treated with personalized attention and is guaranteed effective representation. Our expertise and integrity have earned us a reputation as one of the premier legal firms in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Havens & Associates, LLC is dedicated to achieving the best outcome for every client. Havens & Associates, LLC represent clients in all state and federal courts located in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Afshin Pishevar
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Rockville, MD Family Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(301) 279-8773 226 N Adams St
Rockville, MD 20850
Family, Bankruptcy, Business and Divorce
Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Marc A. Isaacs
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Silver Spring, MD Family Law Attorney with 8 years experience
3801 International Drive
Suite 208
Silver Spring, MD 20906
Family, Divorce and Landlord Tenant
American University Washington College of Law
We are a full service law firm offering customized legal solutions. Our firm represents clients in all aspects of family law, including complex marital dissolution actions, high conflict custody matters, paternity, and non-marital cohabitation cases. We also represent clients in Landlord & Tenant matters, along with a number of other practice areas. We understand that the most successful settlements result from intense trial preparation. Our firm works tirelessly in achieving advantageous results for our clients. We have represented a wide range of individuals, and understand that each client has their own unique circumstances that require creative and customized legal solutions....
Hadrian Hatfield
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Potomac, MD Family Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(301) 230-6575 12505 Park Potomac Avenue
Suite 600
Potomac, MD 20854
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce 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 Family Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(888) 519-2801 18310 Montgomery Village Ave
#410
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Family, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
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...
Elizabeth Pugliese
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(240) 408-5393 200A Monroe St., Ste. 303
Rockville, MD 20850
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
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.
Sajjid M. Rauf
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Rockville, MD Family Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(240) 321-9901 199 E Montgomery Avenue
Suite 100
Rockville, MD 20850
Family and Immigration
University of Richmond School of Law
I am the managing attorney at Actio Law, and am licensed to practice law in Maryland, and pending admission to the District of Columbia Bar. Throughout my career, I have focused on protecting the rights of consumers and ordinary people. Whether through the practice of immigration and consumer debt law, or helping to keep corporate financial giants in compliance with consumer protection regulations, my primary concern has always been protecting the rights of the individuals who need it most. I understand that as times are changing, so too are the needs of clients. You...
Pamela Lindsay Parvis
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Rockville, MD Family Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(301) 340-9090 111 Rockville Pike
Suite 1120
Rockville, MD 20850
Family and Divorce
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...
Darcy Shoop
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Rockville, MD Family Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(301) 340-7950 110 N. Washington Street, Suite 300
Rockville, MD 20850
Family
George Mason University School of Law
After many years of practicing family law, and having seen the emotional and financial damage that litigation can cause, I have chosen to focus my practice on healthier ways of resolving disputes such as Collaborative Law, mediation, negotiation, and settlement advocacy. While I represent individual clients, I also assist couples as a neutral mediator. I believe that by focusing on constructive settlement solutions, separating couples are much more likely to make mutually beneficial decisions while preserving valuable financial resources. Whether through Collaborative Law, mediation, or standard negotiation, I help my client stay focused on future goals rather...
Sheri A. Mullikin
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Mount Airy, MD Family Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(240) 394-9544 3165 Caveat Ct.
Mount Airy, MD 21771
Family and Estate Planning
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
As an adoptive mother of 5, Sheri A. Mullikin represents expectant mothers and fathers, adoptive parents, and children in private or independent, agency, and international adoptions throughout central Maryland, including newborn, stepparent and other relative/kinship adoptions. Ms. Mullikin also helps individuals and families protect their loved ones through estate planning and administration legal services, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and advance health care directives.
Elizabeth Stup
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Frederick, MD Family Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(301) 663-7893 257 West Patrick Street
Frederick, MD 21701
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
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. ...
Rahul Kishore
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Rockville, MD Family Law Lawyer
(301) 315-0001 9201 Corporate Blvd.
Suite 330
Rockville, MD 20850
Family and Divorce
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
Mr. Paul A. Capriolo
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Westminster, MD Family Law Lawyer with 35 years experience
(410) 871-3091 196 East Main Street
Westminster, MD 21157
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Estate Planning
The Catholic University of America
Paul Capriolo has been practicing law for over 30 years. He resides in Carroll County Maryland and practices primarily in his home County of Carroll and also in the neighboring Counties of Howard and Baltimore. In addition to being a lawyer, Paul is a Family Law mediator and conducts both private mediation and Court ordered mediation in his role as a mediator appointed by the Judges of the Circuit Court for Carroll County Maryland. In 2014, Paul Capriolo merged his practice with Cynthia Hatten Unglesbee and we now provide more comprehensive services for the benefit of our clients.
Cynthia Hatten Unglesbee
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Westminster, MD Family Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(410) 871-1700 196 E Main St
Westminster, MD 21157
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Estate Planning
University of Baltimore School of Law
I have recently joined with Paul Capriolo to better serve my clients in the areas of Family Law, Mediation, Divorce, Child Custody and Child Support, Criminal and DUI Defense, Wills and Estate Planning and Estate Administration, and Personal Injury cases. I have over 15 years of experience and Paul has over 30 years of experience in the above listed areas of the law.
Bruce Edward Avery
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Rockville, MD Family Law Attorney with 44 years experience
(301) 762-7644 51 Monroe Street
Suite 701
Rockville, MD 20850-2421
Family
University of Louisville
Emily L. Russell
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Rockville, MD Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(443) 812-1435 199 E Montgomery Ave
Suite 100
Rockville, MD 20850
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
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...
Matthew David Alman
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Gaithersburg, MD Family Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(301) 330-0010 183 Mill Green Avenue, Suite 100
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Boston University School of Law
Harry Stone
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Rockville, MD Family Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(301) 762-1717 103 North Adams St
Rockville, MD 20850
Family, Landlord Tenant, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
With 16 years of experience, I have represented clients throughout the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia in the areas of family law, Criminal defense, personal injury, workers' compensation, landlord and tenant and estates. I practice in multiple forums including the district courts, the circuit courts, administrative hearing, and arbitrations
Vincent Thomas Lyon
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Gaithersburg, MD Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(240) 210-4301 P.O. Box 10502
Gaithersburg, MD 20898
Family, Business and IP
The George Washington University Law School
Christina Marlow
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Westminster, MD Family Law Lawyer
(410) 871-4490 One Court Place
Westminster, MD 21157
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Marlow Law, LLC is a client-centered law firm, and prides itself on client satisfaction. Our mission is to provide our clients with prompt and effective legal representation, handling client needs with integrity, honesty, and diligence. We understand that the circumstances surrounding your need for an attorney can be stressful. Let Marlow Law, LLC serve as your dependable, personable, and compassionate advocate.

Contact us today to schedule your free, 30 minute initial consultation.

Christina Marlow graduated, Magna Cum Laude, from McDaniel College in 2008 with a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology, a concentration in Criminal Justice, and a minor in Spanish. Ms. Marlow...
Jonathan James Biedron
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Germantown, MD Family Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(301) 916-2900 8 Executive Park Court
Germantown, MD 20874
Family and Divorce
Harvard Law School
I am Jonathan Biedron, a graduate of Harvard Law School and a practicing family law attorney since 1993. I represent men and women seeking separation, divorce, or resolution to a child custody or child support issue in Montgomery County or the surrounding areas of Maryland. Contact my law office when you need legal help with a family law matter.

I've often heard clients say they were looking for a "bulldog" to handle their divorce case. They think the only sure-fire way to win is to attack the case and their former spouse. Some situations do call for aggression, but in...
Manuel D. Machin
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(301) 731-2000
Ext. 2
1 Research Ct., Suite 450
Rockville, MD 20850
Rockville, MD Family Law Attorney
Family, DUI and Personal Injury
UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
Manuel "Manny" has represented his clients in civil litigation, debt settlements, family law matters, and business matters. Manny now primarily focuses on DUI Defense and personal injury. Manny provides highly competent DUI defense, both in court and at the MVA, to first time or subsequent offenders. Manny also practices personal injury law and other civil litigation. These cases are highly rewarding when Manny is able to secure fair compensation for his clients through protracted settlement talks, skillful pre-lawsuit tactics, and litigation.

Manny is highly accomplished in other civil matters including contested family law matters, real estate litigation, and other...
Mr Timothy Conlon
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Frederick, MD Family Law Attorney
(301) 865-1101 19 North Court Street
Frederick, MD 21701
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Temple University and The George Washington University Law School
Timothy T. Conlon, Esquire is the lead attorney at the Custody Place. Tim is from Reading Pennsylvania originally and is a married father of three. He obtained his undergraduate degree at George Washington University in Washington DC. Tim also took a year of Undergraduate studies at Trinity College in Dublin Ireland. His Juris Doctorate of Laws was obtained at Temple University Law School in Philadelphia Pennsylvania (with honors) in 1995. After Law School, Tim worked in Anchorage Alaska on family law, native rights and interstate child abduction cases. He completed study (with honors) in...
Christy McFaul Saunders
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Westminster, MD Family Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(443) 289-9235 231 E. Main St
Westminster, MD 21157
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Maryland - Baltimore
Christy McFaul Saunders, a 1988 Graduate of the University of Maryland, began her career as a judicial law clerk in Baltimore and by 1990 was an Assistant State’s Attorney for Carroll County, serving the county for the next five years. In her role as ADA for Carroll County she tried a variety of cases to include DUI, child abuse, and homicide.

From 1995-1996, Christy served as the District Court Division Supervisor for Frederick County and was a member of the homicide team. In 1996, she joined Hickman, Ulsch & Honiker and quickly rose to partner in 1997 creating Ulsch, McFaul Saunders and...
Karen Guthrie
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Frederick, MD Family Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(240) 374-3606 326 W. Patrick St.
Frederick, MD 21701
Family, Communications, Divorce and Employment
University of Baltimore School of Law
Nicholas C. Minshew
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Rockville, MD Family Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(240) 386-8705 401 North Washington Street
Suite 500
Rockville, MD 20850
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
American University Washington College of Law
The attorneys at Minshew & Ahluwalia LLP are devoted exclusively to the practice of Family Law, including uncontested and contested divorce, separation, child support, child custody, alimony and spousal support, separation agreements, prenuptial agreements, division of property, domestic violence, child support enforcement and modification, paternity, and adoptions. We are strong advocates for families in Maryland and Washington, D.C., and committed to delivering the highest professional and ethical standards to the practice of family law. The law firm provides high-quality, aggressive, and innovative legal representation to defend our client's legal rights and protect their interests, both personally and financially. Client service...
Dontrice Hamilton
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Rockville, MD Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(301) 503-1690 1 Church Street
Suite 910
Rockville, MD 20850
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
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,...
Zionne Akpan
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Rockville, MD Family Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(301) 358-6563 401 East Jefferson Street
Suite 208
Rockville, MD 20850
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Boston University
Attorney Akpan has been in practice for 20 years, and there is no substitute for experience. At the Law Offices of Zionne Akpan, we put our knowledge and experience to work for you. When you trust your legal needs to us, you will have experienced, aggressive, and professional advocates on your side. We give each client the personal and individualized attention they deserve, and we are experienced at resolving the most serious and complicated legal problems. We ensure that our clients understand the legal process and provide them with the information they need to make informed...
Donna Kathleen Rismiller
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Rockville, MD Family Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(301) 340-1616 51 Monroe St
Rockville, MD 20850
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Estate Planning
Georgetown University Law Center
Donna K. Rismiller is the founder of Rismiller Law Group, LLC and is an accomplished litigator and collaborative resolution professional. Focusing her practice exclusively in the area of Family Law, she assists her clients with complex financial resolutions, significant custody decisions, as well as highly emotionally-charged disputes, often involving the challenging dynamics of abuse and control.

Donna Rismiller has been recognized for her high achievement and legal aptitude by several publications including the Maryland Daily Record, Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine, Baltimore Magazine and The Washington Post Magazine. She has been recognized as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial...
Robert Lloyd Baum
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Rockville, MD Family Law Lawyer with 38 years experience
(301) 610-0610 401 N Washington St
Suite 500
Rockville, MD 20850
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Divorce
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...
Spencer Michael Hecht
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Rockville, MD Family Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(301) 587-2099 111 Rockville Pike, Suite #740
Rockville, MD 20850
Family and Divorce
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...
Daniel J Wright
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Rockville, MD Family Law Lawyer with 40 years experience
(301) 760-3387 20 Courthouse Square
Suite 212
Rockville, MD 20850
Family and Criminal
Richard Dodd II
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(301) 637-3626 110 N. Washington St.
Suite 501-D
Rockville, MD 20850
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatRockville, MD Family Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
Family and Divorce
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.
Stephen Allen
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Gaithersburg, MD Family Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(301) 987-2002 301 S Frederick Ave
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Personal Injury
American University Washington College of Law
Go to AllenLawCenter.com for additional information.
Eric M. Glass
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Rockville, MD Family Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(240) 399-7839 111 Rockville Pike
Suite 975
Rockville, MD 20850
Family and Divorce
University of Baltimore School of Law
Mr. Gabriel Ciucur Vine Esq.
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Rockville, MD Family Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(301) 309-0160 110 N Washington St
Suite 403
Rockville, MD 20850
Family, Business, Criminal and Divorce
American University Washington College of Law
Arnold Blank
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Rockville, MD Family Law Attorney with 57 years experience
(301) 279-2200 111 Rockville Pike
#400
Rockville, MD 20850
Offers Video ChatFamily, Personal Injury and Real Estate
University of Maryland - Baltimore

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.


No-Fault Proceeding: A civil case in which parties may resolve their dispute without a formal finding of error or fault.

Paternity Suit: A lawsuit to determine the father of a child whose parents were not married when the child was born.

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