Family Law

Strategy and Support for Family Law and Divorce

In divorce, child custody, and other family law matters, there is a universal need for compassionate and empathetic counsel. When you face these stressful times and difficult decisions, there is no substitute for legal know-how and emotional intelligence.

At The Machin Law Firm, LLC, we will be your advocate in setting goals and strategies, guiding you through legal proceedings, and standing up for your parental rights and financial interests. Our experienced lawyers represent men and women in the family courts of Montgomery and Frederick counties.

Helping You Achieve the Best Results
Family law is less about winning than about finding solutions. The main concern should be the best interests of your children, but you and your co-parent and the judge may have different interpretations of what that means.

Our knowledgeable and caring attorneys provide perspective, creativity, and negotiating strength to help you resolve these complex and delicate issues.

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We have experience with all facets of Maryland family law, including:

  • Paternity actions for financial support or parental rights
  • Protective orders
  • Post-decree modifications of custody or support orders
  • Parent relocation disputes

We sit down with you to explain your rights and your options under the law and determine your priorities and boundaries so that we can prepare you accordingly for negotiations, mediation, or court proceedings. Our attorneys are prepared to fight for you and your children, but we also help you choose your battles

Domestic Violence Protective Orders

The state of Maryland takes domestic violence seriously. A temporary protective order (TPO) can be issued 24/7 to any petitioner who is in need of protection from a spouse, intimate partner, or other members of the household.

The TPO will usually require the subject to leave the premises and have no contact with the victim. After a TPO is issued, the victim or the accused should seek legal counsel for representation at a court hearing for a final protective order (FPO), which usually occurs seven days after the TPO is issued.

At this hearing, the judge can enter a “permanent” order for up to 12 months, modify the terms of the temporary order, or dismiss the complaint altogether. Our attorneys represent clients on both sides of domestic violence hearings.

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Divorce

Protecting Your Interests While Moving You Forward

Whether you are initiating a divorce or have been served with papers, this is a stressful time. The decisions you make and the outcome of your divorce proceedings will affect you, your children, and your finances for the foreseeable future.
The attorneys at The Machin Law Firm, LLC, provide the guidance and strategy to take a smart and proactive approach to this emotionally charged process. In or out of court, we will faithfully protect your interests and suggest solutions. Our firm represents women and men in divorce in Montgomery and Frederick counties.

Getting Divorced in 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

Our lawyers have backgrounds in business law, immigration and other legal issues that may overlap with divorce. We take a big-picture approach to disputes and complicating factors such as:

  • What to do with the marital residence
  • Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) division of retirement accounts
  • Accurate valuation of businesses or real estate
  • Prenuptial agreements or separate property considerations
  • Hidden accounts or asset transfers
  • Amount and duration of spousal support (alimony)
  • Child custody, access and parenting schedules
  • Domestic violence protection orders
  • Deviations from the child support guidelines
  • Relocation with the children after divorce

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.

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