Family Law

Divorce and Separation Agreements

Divorce is a stressful and often complicated process. It can also be expensive. Frequently, the parties are unable to communicate and this can sometimes make divorce cases difficult to resolve. Issues pertaining to child custody, visitation, use and possession of the family home or personal property, rehabilitative and/or permanent alimony, and division of pension(s) and retirement benefits, as well as the division of marital property, can at times be complex. It is important to have an experienced lawyer on your side who can provide you with sound legal advice and help protect your rights during this most difficult period.

Issues involving children, including child custody, visitation rights and child support, are some of the most contentious issues involved in divorce proceedings. When parents divorce, children often feel powerless, and custody disputes, which are frequently litigated, can forever alter their lives. It is important, and extremely beneficial in contested custody cases, that parents reach custody and support agreements that are in the best interests of their children. When they cannot, child custody and visitation rights can and will be determined by the court. A court will carefully scrutinize what is in the child’s or children's best interests before making a decision awarding their care and custody to either parent in a contested custody case. The court will also review and evaluate a number of key factors in making a final decision prior to awarding either party sole custody should joint custody not be in the child or children's best interests. The court may also appoint a Best Interest Attorney (or a “BIA”) to represent the best interests of the child or children and may divide the costs of the BIA between the parties.

For more than 35 years, Mr. Healy, has been providing competent and diligent legal representation to clients throughout Maryland who are navigating divorce and other family law issues. He routinely works with clients who have significant marital assets, including retirement accounts, businesses, mutual funds and stock portfolios, real and personal property, and other marital assets. In addition, he’s helped numerous clients reach fair initial child support awards and, if there is a material change in circumstances or the best interests of the child require it, he can provide representation related to a child support modification. Leveraging past trial experience, Mr. Healy will provide you with invaluable assistance by advising on the available legal options and best strategy to achieve your goals.

It is always preferable and less costly, however, when divorcing couples are able to cooperate with each other. Mr. Healy also has extensive experience in the negotiation, preparation and drafting of legally binding separation agreements that frequently resolve all of the marital property issues confronting divorcing couples as well as custody and visitation.

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