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Caring Baltimore Attorney Supports You When a Marriage Ends

Responsive representation for clients in Calvert, Charles, and Prince George’s counties

The consequences of a divorce don’t just end when the decree is issued. Everyone in the family is affected by the end of a marriage, and the emotional toll is often a significant one. With that in mind, you need an attorney who understands and cares about both you and your family. At The Law Offices of Josephia Rouse, LLC in Baltimore, you are more than just a case — you are a priority. I am able to draw on significant experience representing Maryland clients in divorce and related cases and can offer you the comprehensive legal support you deserve.

Dedicated counsel for your Maryland divorce

Maryland allows couples to divorce by alleging fault grounds, such as adultery or desertion, or no-fault grounds, requiring only that the couple live separately for a year. While some divorce matters need to be taken to court, others can be settled through mediation, a process that affords more privacy and often saves money. I will also be able to assist you if you and your spouse are able to settle your differences in private and can file an uncontested divorce. Uncontested divorces are typically granted faster than those that are not done by agreement. I will take the time to understand your needs and circumstances before suggesting which type of divorce is best for you.

Skilled representation for property division

I am experienced in protecting my clients’ rights in divorces when it comes to dividing assets and property. When helping clients to divide their marital estate, I handle matters including:

  • Debt division — When a marriage ends, one of the concerns is what happens to the debt. It is typical for a couple to divide their debts themselves, but in the event that they cannot agree, they must submit a dispute to the court and allow a decision to be made.
  • Distribution of property — Maryland is an equitable distribution state, meaning the court also divides personal property, bank accounts, stocks, and other assets based on what the judge believes to be fair. “Fair” and “equal” are not always synonymous, but I will ensure that the court has a fair accounting of assets and property so that your rights are protected.

In an initial consultation, I will take the necessary time to understand the details of your unique situation and determine the best possible route to achieve the results you desire.

Trustworthy attorney protects the rights of your family

Finances play a major role in a divorce and become a concern when a household’s income is significantly decreased. If you do not believe you can financially support your family after a divorce, you have some options:

  • Spousal support — In the state of Maryland, the court may allow alimony to either party involved in the divorce, but only if the court finds that it is necessary. The court may rule in favor of granting temporary spousal support, referred to as maintenance or rehabilitative alimony. When maintenance is granted, the lower-earning spouse will only be awarded enough support to meet basic needs while the divorce proceedings take place. Courts may also award permanent, or indefinite, alimony when one spouse is deemed unable to become self-supporting.
  • Child support — Even after they are no longer together, parents are responsible for financially supporting their children. When parents can’t agree on support payments, Maryland courts calculate child support amounts based on a number of factors, including each parent’s actual and adjusted monthly incomes, childcare expenses, health insurance costs, and extraordinary medical expenses.

If you think you qualify for alimony or require child support after your marriage ends, I can help you explore your options and seek a fair result.

Diligent lawyer advises clients during child custody disputes

While everyone in the family is affected by a divorce, it is often children who are the most greatly affected, and their welfare must be a priority. Maryland courts, like the courts of other states, make custody decisions based on what is in the best interest of the child. If the parents cannot agree on custody, the court will make that determination granting either or both parents physical and/or legal custody. In some cases, parents and grandparents can also petition for visitation rights once the custody decision has been made. I understand how important it is to keep your children close in the event of a divorce, and I can help you secure your parental rights in a custody dispute.

Contact an experienced Maryland divorce attorney to schedule a consultation

The Law Offices of Josephia Rouse, LLC represents divorcing clients in the Baltimore area throughout all types of family law cases, including divorce and child custody disputes. Please call 410-324-2583 or contact me online to schedule an initial consultation.

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    1537 Light Street
    Baltimore, Maryland 21230
    Phone: 410-258-1097
    Fax: 410-467-1894