Hanover, Maryland Family Lawyers

Timothy E. Howie
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Hanover, MD Family Law Lawyer with 30 years experience

University of North Carolina School of LawMaryland, District of Columbia and Virginia
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Michael J. O'Shea
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Hanover, MD 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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Leanne Lauenstein
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Maryland Family Law Lawyer with 13 years experience

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of LawMaryland and United States District Court, District of Maryland
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Fredric Gary Antenberg
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Maryland Family Law Lawyer with 45 years experience

University of BaltimoreMaryland and U.S. Supreme Court
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Neil R. Lebowitz
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Elkridge, MD Family Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(410) 730-9010 8180 Lark Brown Road
Suite 201
Elkridge, MD 21075
Family, Divorce, Employment and Personal Injury
University of Maryland School of Law
At the Lebowitz Law Firm, we represent clients in the areas of employment law, family law, and personal injury.

We will listen to you. We will explain the law to you and the options available to you. And we will advocate for you.

We are firm believers in what we call "advocacy with integrity." This principle applies to our dealings with both clients and third parties alike. When communicating with a client, we discuss all of the issues in the client’s case in a straightforward and respectful way, taking time to explain the positive and negative aspects of...
Timothy E. Howie
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Hanover, MD Family Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(443) 749-5111 7467 Ridge Rd
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Hanover, MD 21076
Family, Divorce and Personal Injury
University of North Carolina School of Law
Michael J. O'Shea
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Hanover, MD Family Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(443) 749-5111 7467 Ridge Rd
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Hanover, MD 21076
Family, 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...
Kevin W. Smit
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Hanover, MD Family Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(443) 749-5111 7467 Ridge Rd
#100
Hanover, MD 21076
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Baltimore School of Law
David Louis Ruben
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Hanover, MD Family Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(410) 766-4044 7550 Teague Road, Suite 405
Hanover, MD 21076
Family, Bankruptcy and Divorce
Jenna L Forman Clothier
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Glen Burnie, MD Family Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(410) 878-7230 802 Landmark Dr Suite 111
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Family, DUI and Immigration
University of Baltimore School of Law
Jenna Forman Clothier worked as a law clerk for The Law Office of Alan S. Forman, LLC while attending law school in the evening at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Upon admission to the Bar in Maryland in December 2014, Jenna continued to work at The Law Office of Alan S. Forman as an Associate. Jenna was admitted to the Maryland Bar in December 2014. Her practice includes family law, adoption, and immigration. In 2005, Jenna graduated from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science. She continued...
Kenneth Christopher Gauvey
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Columbia, MD Family Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(410) 346-2377 6700 Alexander Bell Drive #200
Columbia, MD 21046
Family, Employment, Immigration and International
Ken C. Gauvey is an experienced attorney in the areas of immigration, wage and hour,family law, and litigation matters. When you have a matter with us, your matter is personally handled by an experienced attorney who will communicate with you about your case and act as a litigator, an advocate, and partner.
Dondi S. West
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Columbia, MD Family Law Attorney
(443) 203-9378 5850 Waterloo Road, Suite 140
Columbia, MD 21045
Family, Business, Communications and Divorce
Alan S. Forman
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Glen Burnie, MD Family Law Lawyer
(410) 878-7230 802 Landmark Drive
Suite 111
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Jac E. Knust
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Columbia, MD Family Law Attorney with 46 years experience
(410) 465-8900 5513 Twin Knolls Road
Suite 220
Columbia, MD 21045
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
University of Baltimore School of Law and University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Jac E. Knust began his law practice in 1972 and practices primarily in the Central Maryland Metropolitan area. He has engaged in a general law practice for 46 years, with emphasis on family law, divorce, separation and property settlement agreements, elder law, estate planning, wills, probate, trusts, powers of attorney, health care advance directives, criminal matters, real estate, landlord/tenant, business planning, corporations, LLCs, and partnerships. He is a former Assistant State's Attorney for Howard County, a former Assistant Public Defender for Howard County. From 2014 to 2018 Jac E. Knust served as a Special Magistrate for the Circuit...
Jason Ostendorf
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Maryland Family Law Lawyer with 12 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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Young S. Song
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Ellicott City, MD Family Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(410) 696-2256 3201 Rogers Avenue
Suite 301
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Family, Bankruptcy, Business and Divorce
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Divorce and Bankruptcy, with Dignity. Licensed in MD, VA, and DC, with offices in Ellicott City, Maryland and Annandale, Virginia.
Robert Siegel
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(410) 760-9433 7310 Ritchie Highway
Suite 910
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Glen Burnie, MD Family Law Lawyer with 20 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...
James E Crawford Jr.
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Linthicum, MD Family Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(443) 709-9999 999 Corporate Blvd. Suite 100
Linthicum, MD 21090
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce 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...
Shelly Maynard Ingram
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Fulton, MD Family Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(301) 658-7354 8115 Maple Lawn Boulevard
Suite 350
Fulton, MD 20759
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Baltimore School of Law
Litigation, Mediation, and Collaborative Services - Divorce and Family Law. Shelly Ingram has represented Maryland divorce, child support, child custody, and domestic violence clients since 2004. At the Law Office of Shelly M. Ingram, we will listen to you and provide both legal and practical advice about the strengths and weaknesses of your unique family law case. Shelly understands that family transitions can be extremely difficult and information may be the key to unlocking your peace of mind. An experienced divorce lawyer, Shelly will work closely with you to develop an individualized strategy that meets the emotional...
Michael A. Mastracci
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Baltimore, MD Family Law Attorney with 29 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
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Heather Renee McCabe
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Columbia, MD Family Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(410) 848-6668 10211 Wincopin Circle
Suite 620
Columbia, MD 21044
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
The George Washington University Law School
Heather McCabe is an accomplished litigator, mediator, and parenting coordinator. She enjoys working closely with clients to help them achieve their goals for both themselves and their children. She has taught both at Georgetown University Law School and American University's Washington College of Law. She exclusively practices in the area of family law (including divorce, separation, child support, domestic violence, and child custody).
Neveen H. Kurtom
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Columbia, MD Family Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(443) 741-2567 10015 Columbia Road
Suite B215
Columbia, MD 21046
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
University of Baltimore School of Law
Joshua Ortega
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Pasadena, MD Family Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(410) 760-6008 8023 Ritchie Highway
Suite A
Pasadena, MD 21122
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.
Garland Hall
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Glen Burnie, MD Family Law Lawyer with 11 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...
Lisa Seltzer Becker
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Maple Lawn, MD Family Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
8171 Maple Lawn Blvd.
Suite 200
Maple Lawn, MD 20759
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.
Kevin W. Smit
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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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Josephia Elease Georgetta Rouse
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Baltimore, MD Family Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(410) 366-6664 1537 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
Family, Estate Planning, Personal Injury and Probate
Charlotte School of Law
Thanh Van Doan
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Columbia, MD Family Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(443) 545-2121 10440 Little Patuxent Pkwy
Suite 300
Columbia, MD 21044
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Immigration
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Van (pronounced "Vun") believes that when people retain the firm to represent them, it is our job to do just that - to represent their ideals and goals. To do this effectively, Van believes in a team approach and encourages full participation from clients. She has discovered that when people are given the opportunity to participate in the process, they have a much better understanding of what is going on and thus, are able to make better decisions.
Fredric Gary Antenberg
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Columbia, MD Family Law Lawyer with 45 years experience
(410) 730-4404 5071 Bucketpost Ct
Columbia, MD 21045
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
University of Baltimore
Joseph Harvey Lamore
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Glen Burnie, MD Family Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(410) 760-4100 1415 Madison Park Dr
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Personal Injury
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Joseph H. LaMore, Jr. is a former Assistant State's Attorney for Anne Arundel County and an honors graduate from the University of Maryland School of Law, with vast experience before all Maryland State and Federal Courts. He has been named to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers association, named to the "SuperLawyers" list as published by Baltimore Magazine, and named a "Leading Lawyer" for Anne Arundel County, as published in What's Up? Annapolis Maganzine. Mr. LaMore provides representation in all Criminal Matters, Auto Accidents, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death and Family Law. He has been admitted to...
Emily L. Russell
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Columbia, MD Family Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(410) 848-6668 10211 Wincopin Circle
Suite 620
Columbia, MD 21044
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...
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...
Kelley Spigel
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Glen Burnie, MD Family Law Attorney with 7 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...
Robert L.  Flanagan
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Columbia, MD Family Law Lawyer
(443) 677-8980 10440 Little Patuxent Parkway
30 Corporate Center, Suite 900
Columbia, MD 21044
Family, Business, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Cornell University
Stephen A. Drazin
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Columbia, MD Family Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(410) 730-6536 10420 Little Patuxent Parkway
Suite 100
Columbia, MD 21044
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...
Fred L. Coover
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Columbia, MD Family Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(410) 995-1100 10500 Little Patuxent Parkway
Suite 420
Columbia, MD 21044
Family, Business, Divorce and Real Estate
Coover Law Firm, LLC serves Howard County/Columbia, MD and beyond in the following practice areas:

- Family Law (Divorce, Adoption, Child Custody & Visitation, Alimony and Child Support)
- Civil Litigation
- Construction Law
- Land Use & Zoning
- Real Estate Litigation

Founder & Principal Attorney, Fred L. Coover, is committed to the advancement of the legal profession and is active in local, state and national bar associations and attorney organizations, including the following:

- Appointed to Maryland State Bar Association Ethics Committee
- Vice Chairman on Executive Council of Maryland State Bar Association Fee Dispute Committee
- Appointed Member of Howard County Adult Public...
Dawn Merino
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Glen Burnie, MD Family Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(410) 768-6733 105 Padfield Boulevard
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Dawn Merino has been providing legal services and mediation to the people of Glen Burnie, Maryland, and the surrounding areas for over twenty years. Specializing in family law, Dawn’s clients remain grateful for her assistance during the most difficult phase of their lives. We offer legal services and mediation for matters including divorce, separation, child custody, and domestic violence.
Mayabanza S. Bangudi
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Laurel, MD Family Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(410) 384-4224 603 7th Street
Suite 301
Laurel, MD 20707
Family, Business and Immigration
Georgetown University Law Center
Patricia Stephenson
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Glen Burnie, MD Family Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(410) 768-0430 791 Aquahart Road
Suite 122
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Family, Divorce and Estate Planning
Wayne State University Law School
William C Wood
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Ellicott City, MD Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(410) 465-6971 8289 Main Street
Suite 204
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Criminal and Divorce
University of Baltimore School of Law
Christina Michelle Bayne
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Glen Burnie, MD Family Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(410) 590-9401 7310 Ritchie Hwy.
Suite 900
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Family and Workers' Comp
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Sara L. Schwartzman
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Columbia, MD Family Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(410) 884-0400 7120 Minstrel Way, Ste. 202
Columbia, MD 21045
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Sandra Maria Holt
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Columbia, MD Family Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(443) 283-7820 10015 Old Columbia Rd.
Ste. B216
Columbia, MD 21046
Family, Criminal and Domestic Violence
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.
Jumoke F Oladapo
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Greenbelt, MD Family Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(301) 533-8600 6305 Ivy Lane
Suite 605
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Family, Divorce and Immigration
University of Baltimore School of Law
You will get a personalized quality legal consultation or representation you deserve when you choose my services at Ivylaw. I am the Manging Attorney at Ivylaw Law Office, Greenbelt, Maryland. I am Passionate about helping my clients, both individuals and companies to navigate successfully through the system of U.S immigration and nationality law. My services enable my client to realize their immigration desires and intents, and help them become suceesful contributing members of the society in the United States. Being an immigrant, I know, feel and understand your immigration needs and I am commited to providing successful immigration solutions...
Gerard Miles
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Pikesville, MD Family Law Attorney with 41 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.
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Hanover Family Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, Inc.
(410) 547-6537
Baltimore, MD


Bar Association of Baltimore City Legal Services to the Elderly Program
(410) 396-1322
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.


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.