Protecting Your Interests While Moving You Forward
An experienced divorce lawyer will act as a buffer between you and the stressful legal proceedings of your divorce, while keeping you updated on each step of the process. The attorneys at The Machin Law Firm, LLC, have an in-depth knowledge of the Frederick, MD court system.
We understand how to handle the nuanced laws, requirements, and paperwork necessary to protect your best interests. We provide legal perspective, creativity, and negotiating strength to work towards finding equitable solutions.
Getting Divorced in Frederick, Maryland
Recent changes make it easier and quicker for Maryland couples to divorce. Previously, Maryland law required the spouses to (a) live apart for 12 months before filing for divorce or (b) prove fault grounds such as adultery, cruelty, or desertion.
The law was changed in 2016 to allow for “immediate” divorce (no waiting period) by mutual consent, also known as no-fault divorce.
If you have minor children, you must first have a court-approved marital settlement agreement that addresses child custody and child support before you can get a mutual consent divorce.
Once the divorce papers are filed, the court may issue temporary orders for custody and child support as well as alimony pendente lite (interim spousal support). Our lawyers sit down with you to explain the divorce process and what to expect at each stage. Then we listen to your concerns and questions to develop priorities and a “game plan.”
A Comprehensive Approach to the Issues of Divorce
The outcome of your divorce will affect you, your family, and your finances for the foreseeable future. Having a skilled divorce attorney on your side can ensure that your voice is heard throughout what can be an emotionally charged process.
Maryland law calls for an equitable distribution of assets and debts acquired during the marriage. We help you explore creative trade-offs to reach a property settlement that best reflects your goals and financial stability. Our lawyers are skilled in divorce negotiations, mediation, and litigation.