Experienced Attorneys Handling Family Law Issues in Maryland

Law firm offering legal knowledge and emotional support for divorce and custody matters

The legal process is always stressful, but when the results directly affect your family, it can be even more overwhelming. When facing sensitive family law issues, it is essential that you are represented by an understanding, knowledgeable attorney. At the Law Office of Muskus & Muskus, L.L.C., we understand what you are going through. Whether it is a divorce or a child custody dispute, we offer the emotional support and the practical advice you need. Our accomplished lawyers give you personalized attention to develop a legal strategy that benefits you and your family.

Filing for divorce in Maryland

In Maryland, there are two types of divorce. An absolute divorce completely dissolves the marriage. A limited divorce is often referred to as legal separation, and leaves the couple still legally married. Both types of divorce address issues such as child custody, child support, alimony and property division.

In order to file for absolute divorce, at least one spouse must be a Maryland resident for at least one year. For a divorce without a separation period, Maryland requires that you show fault grounds, which include:

  • Adultery
  • Desertion
  • Domestic violence or abuse
  • Criminal conviction
  • Insanity

If fault grounds are not specified, the couple must live apart for at least 12 months before filing for divorce. This is the only “no fault” ground for absolute divorce.

A couple might choose to file for a limited divorce for reasons such as:

  • They do not have grounds for absolute divorce.
  • One party relies on the other for financial support or insurance.
  • Their religious beliefs do not allow for divorce.

A limited divorce is not permanent, and the couple is still legally married. An experienced attorney at our firm can help you determine which type of divorce is right for you.

Determining child custody and visitation plans

For divorcing parents, the well-being of their children is always the top priority. Our family law attorneys can help you develop a plan that benefits both you and your children.

Maryland law looks at the best interests of the child when determining custody and visitation. They will look at many factors, including:

  • Which parent is the primary caregiver
  • The mental and physical health of each parent
  • The character and reputation of each parent
  • The ability of the parents to work together
  • History of domestic violence
  • Religious views
  • Age, health and gender of the child

Custody and visitation plans are not permanent. As the parents’ circumstances and the children’s needs change, so can the custody arrangements. If a modification becomes necessary, we can help you through the process.

Get help from experienced Maryland family law attorneys

The attorneys at the Law Office of Muskus & Muskus, L.L.C. can represent you in your family law matter. Contact us online or call us at 301-449-7444 to schedule a free initial consultation at our
Ft. Washington office. We represent clients throughout Maryland.