Baltimore Divorce Lawyer
Helping Maryland Residents with a Variety of Family Law Matters
Few legal matters will ever be as emotionally-charged as divorce, which is why a successful family lawyer must combine knowledge, compassion and tenacity. Baltimore divorce lawyer, Allyson B. Goldscher, embodies each of these traits and more. A fierce and loyal advocate for her clients, she has a deep understanding of all facets of family law. Contact her today for assistance with any of the following legal issues:
Adoption: When expanding a family via adoption, it is always best to obtain legal representation. We handle independent adoptions and represent adoptive parents, biological parents and children in the adoption process.
Alimony & Spousal Support: Frequently an issue during a divorce, alimony consists of monetary payments awarded to a dependent spouse by an economically superior spouse. If two parties cannot agree on which spouse is entitled to alimony or on the amount of alimony to be awarded, a judge will decide, taking into consideration factors such as finances and who played what role in ending the marriage.
Child Custody: In Maryland, there are two types of child custody: legal custody and physical custody. To determine what is in the best interest of your child when awarding physical child custody, the judge considers a variety of factors.
Child Support: Child support is the right of the child. In Maryland, child support guidelines are used to calculate each parent’s obligation. The child support guidelines take into account income of the parties as well as daycare expenses, health insurance costs and even private school tuition.
Child Visitation/Parenting Time: Child visitation and parenting time is another important aspect of child custody that must be addressed. We have experience developing fair and equitable parenting time agreements for divorced and unmarried parents.
Divorce and Separation: In Maryland, a limited divorce allows spouses to live separately while remaining husband and wife in the eyes of the law. An absolute divorce, by contrast, severs the legal bonds of marriage.
Domestic Violence: We have experience representing both abused victims of domestic violence as well as defending those wrongfully accused of committing acts of violence. Domestic violence in Maryland is governed by various criminal and family laws.
Modifications: In Maryland, certain circumstances can require a change in child custody, child support or alimony. For example, a dramatic change in a person’s income may necessitate modification of an alimony order, or a desire by one parent to move to another state may require modification of a custody agreement.
Prenuptial/Postnuptial Agreements: A contract between spouses which specifies the allocation of assets, payment of alimony and distribution of wealth in the event of a divorce.
Property Division: As an equitable distribution state, property in Maryland is allocated equally to both spouses unless the property was acquired as a gift, as an inheritance from a third party or acquired prior to the marriage. Additionally, if the parties have a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement specifying the allocation of property, it can be enforced in court. When making a determination of property division a judge will consider a variety of factors, including the length of the marriage, when the assets were acquired and whether either spouse has been awarded alimony.
Same Sex Marriage & Divorce: Since 2013, Maryland has recognized same sex marriages and more recently same-sex marriage has been legalized across the U.S. Accordingly, when a same sex couple chooses to divorce they must follow the same procedures and take the same steps as an opposite sex couple.
Baltimore Divorce Lawyer, Allyson B. Goldscher, Represents Clients in Family Law-Focused Cases
If you or a loved one is contemplating divorce or dealing with a family law matter, call Baltimore divorce lawyers at the Law Offices of Allyson B. Goldscher, at 410-602-9522 or contact us online. Let us put our experience to work for you. Divorcing clients throughout Baltimore County and Baltimore City can be served at our Stevenson, Maryland offices.