Unfortunately, marriages do not always work out, and significant number of people who get married later decide to get divorced for one reason or another. Divorce is never easy, and can often have a direct and significant impact on nearly every aspect of a person’s life. In addition, Maryland is one a few states that still recognizes “fault” grounds for divorce. While no-fault divorce is available under Maryland law, a couple with minor children must be separated for a full year before Maryland courts will grant their divorce. Fortunately for people who are seeking to end their marriage, an experienced attorney can often be of assistance.
Divorce can Raise a number of Ancillary Issues
Divorce is rarely as simple as just ending a relationship between two people. In many cases, a couple has had children and amassed a significant amount of assets during the time that they were together. Often, there is significant dispute between a divorcing couple as to how they will divide their assets or with whom the children will live. The way that these issues are resolved can have a substantial impact on a person’s quality of life, so it is important to have them handled by a qualified and experienced attorney. In addition, in many cases, the relationship between the parties to the divorce has deteriorated to the point that they are no longer able to communicate with each other in an effective and constructive way. When you hire an attorney, your lawyer will communicate with your spouse or his or her legal counsel on your behalf. By having an emotionally uninvolved advocate on working for you, you can often resolve issues without the need for litigation and ensure that your legal rights are well-protected. Some of the ancillary issues that we will ensure are resolved as favorably as possible include the following:
Collaborative Divorce may be an Option
In cases in which the parties are able to communicate and are willing to work together, collaborative divorce may be an option to pursue. In this type of divorce, both parties agree to work together to attempt to come to mutually agreeable resolutions regarding the ancillary issues discussed above and enter into a contract with their attorney that stipulates that their lawyer must withdraw from the case in the event that they are unable to come to an agreement. As a result, both parties are incentivized to come to an agreement because they would have to “start from scratch” with a new attorney and have wasted all the legal fees associated with the collaborative divorce attempt.
Contact a Frederick, Maryland divorce attorney today to discuss your case
If you are going through a divorce or think that one may be imminent, you should retain legal counsel immediately. A qualified attorney can help ensure that your legal rights are protected and your divorce is brought to the best outcome legally available. To schedule a consultation with one of our experienced Frederick divorce attorneys, call our office today at (310) 620-1190.