Family Law FAQ

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Family law matters are unique in the legal field for their often emotionally intimate nature. At Ward & Co Law, our Glen Burnie family lawyers help you navigate the complexity of divorce and other issues of family law. We want you to be able to get to the next chapter of your life free of any stress or anxiety. Read through the questions below for helpful insight!

If I can file for divorce on my own, why should I work with an attorney?

Divorce is a legal process that is enormously complex. While many people may think they have the answers to everything, divorce has many aspects that need resolving. A lawyer—such as one from our firm—understands all aspects of the divorce process. They can make sure that nothing is overlooked, and that the final agreement that serves your best interests.

What happens to property a divorce?

There are two kinds of property: marital property and non-marital property. Only marital property is divided in a divorce. It is considered any property that a spouse obtained during the course of a marriage or shared with marital assets. If you cannot reach an agreement on how to divide this property, the judge will make a determination on how to divide property. Non-marital property, which can include gifts, inheritances, and other assets, will typically not be divided.

What will happen with my children?

Maryland law assumes the automatic arrangement for children will be a joint custody arrangement. This means that parents will play an equal role in the children's lives, both spending time with them and making crucial decisions about their future and upbringing. However, if there is a disagreement, the court will decide a child custody arrangement based on what the judge believes is truly in the best interests of the children's wellbeing. Additionally, payments for child support are calculated based on various factors, including the child custody arrangement.

How long will a divorce take?

The length of a divorce varies depending on whether it is contested or uncontested. However, state law says that a judgment cannot be granted until 30 days after the petition was filed. If a divorce is litigated, it will take longer, likely prolonging the proceedings by months.

Why should I hire your firm for my case?

If you are confused about the prospect of a divorce, our Glen Burnie family attorneys are more than prepared to help.

We are proud to offer the following:

  • Client-based firm
  • Hundreds of cases handled
  • Decades of experience
  • Helpful, nonjudgement representation

We also happily offer free consultations for potential clients. If you would like to learn more, give us a call today! (410) 775-5955