Family law is a field of law that touches on all areas of the family life. From marriage to having children, all the way through divorce and what comes after, Maryland’s laws create complicated rules for the legal rights and responsibilities of spouses and parents. Most of the time, these things work smoothly, but when you run into arguments or legal battles, it is vital that you have a family lawyer on your side.
If you are going through a divorce, child custody dispute, or need spousal support after a divorce, you need a family law attorney to help you. Baltimore family law attorney Ken Gauvey can help you with your family law case. Many of the issues involved in family law can actually be handled outside of courts with agreements negotiated between the parties. While a judge may only be needed to sign-off on these agreements, an attorney is a necessary part of the negotiation, agreement drafting and, if you do need to go to court, ensuring that your rights are protected and that you get your desired outcome.
Baltimore Divorce Lawyer
Maryland’s divorce laws are complicated. With “limited” and “absolute” divorces, fault-based and no-fault divorces, and required separation periods, it is difficult to understand which legal options you want to take. Ken Gauvey can help guide you through the divorce process from the beginning.
One of the most contentious parts of a divorce is usually dealing with money, property, and other financial concerns. Each party may be entitled to certain things – but that does not always mean they are willing to give up their claim to other items. Parties may sometimes agree on how to handle their financial changes, but these disputes often end up being fought in court.
Lastly, divorcing with children is often filled with difficult decisions regarding custody, child support, and visitation rights.
Baltimore Property Division Attorney
When you get married, you often pool your resources, share your property, and follow the rule of “what’s mine is ours.” Upon divorce, this all changes. Any property you brought to the marriage is your “separate” or “individual” property, for you to keep. Anything gained during the marriage is “marital” property you share with your spouse. Drawing the line between your personal assets and marital property is often the biggest part of the battle. If you have a prenuptial agreement or a postnuptial agreement, it may make determining this division easier.
Division of property is not necessarily “equal” in Maryland. The law requires that the division of assets be “equitable,” which is more along the lines of “fair” than a 50/50 split. This gives you room to fight for a greater share of your marital property, but may require defending against similar claims from your spouse. Our attorneys can fight for your fair share of the marital property in your divorce.
Baltimore Alimony and Spousal Support Attorney
When you get divorced, your financial position can change drastically. Maryland courts work to help you retain the lifestyle you were accustomed to during your marriage. If your job was the primary source of income for your family, then you may be required to pay spousal support – also called alimony – after the divorce. If you made less money and relied upon your spouse for financial support, you may be entitled to continue seeking that support.
This support is based on a number of factors in Maryland, and is not awarded in every case. The ultimate question is whether the party needs the support. Those who can support themselves may have no need for alimony. You may even be able to receive alimony during divorce proceedings. If you need financial support from your spouse, or you want to avoid having to pay your ex-spouse, talk to an attorney today. If you are currently receiving or paying alimony, but the payments are too much or too little, talk to an attorney about modifying you alimony orders.
Baltimore Child Custody Lawyer
To many people, their children are the single most important thing in the world. Ken Gauvey recognizes this, and recognizes the difficulties that come with trying to divide custody, end custody, or reduce someone’s legal right to raise their children as they want. Maryland has robust protections for the rights of a parent to be involved in their child’s life, but there are also strict rules that can remove child custody in cases of abuse or mistreatment.
If you are going through a divorce or have shared children with someone who lives outside your household, going to court for a child custody order may be necessary. There are also many agreements you can make with the other parent to decide how you will share custody, but if negotiations break down, you must go to court. Our attorneys will fight for your parental rights and your right to raise your child.
Baltimore Child Support Attorney
Child support is often a bitter topic among parents. Especially if the parents were never married or one parent is not particularly involved in their shared child’s life, child support may seem incredibly harsh. The main purpose of child support is to pay for the needs of the child. Child support should never be used to support the other parent or unnecessary lifestyle expenses. Talk to an attorney today if you need your child’s other parent to pay child support or you want to fight a child support demand.
Even when a parent will willingly pay child support, the amount of support is often a huge debate. Maryland law has guidelines and expectations for how much support children need. These amounts are based on the combined incomes of the parents, and the burden may fall more heavily on the non-custodial parent to make payments. However, big changes in your life (or the other parent’s life) may entitle you to a change in child support. If you or the other parent changes jobs, falls ill, or has another child, among other things, you may be entitled to modified child support payments.
Baltimore Family Lawyer
Baltimore family law attorney Ken Gauvey may be able to represent you, no matter what area of family law your case touches. Since so many issues are intertwined, it is vital to have an attorney with experience handling all areas of family law cases. Call 443-692-7685 today for a free consultation on your family law case.
Columbia, MD 21046