Howard County Divorce Attorney

Call (443) 773-4106 To Discuss Your Case

As you look to the future, you may be afraid of what will happen to your relationships, your property, and your quality of life. At The Law Office of Lisa M. Goldblatt, I have more than 15 years of experience helping clients through divorce.

Contact my office by calling (443) 773-4106 or submitting an online form. I return all communication within 24 hours, because I understand the importance of your case.

New Divorce Law Effective October 1, 2015

Effective October 1, 2015, Maryland will be enforcing new laws regarding divorce. If the parties that do not have any minor children or have minor children but they are not children in common, the parties may file for an Absolute Divorce immediately, so long as the parties have an executed Marital Settlement Agreement resolving all outstanding matters of property distribution and alimony. The residency requirements remain in effect for filing remain the same, but if you meet those requirements there is no separation period required before the filing.

Uncontested vs. Contested Divorce

Whether you are the individual pursuing divorce or have been served with divorce papers by your spouse, it is important to get the legal guidance that you need. Divorce cases in Maryland can either be contested or uncontested, depending on the factors involved.

Uncontested divorce cases usually involve agreement to pursue divorce by both parties. For an uncontested divorce to take place, a written separation agreement will need to be drafted that provides arrangements for various aspects of the case, including custody and support of any minor children.

Contested divorce cases occur when the divorcing parties cannot agree on one or more points. Even when parties have lived apart for a year or longer, if they cannot agree on issues such as visitation or property division, it will still be considered a contested divorce.

Filing for Divorce in Howard County

When you file for divorce in Maryland, you will need to prove the grounds for divorce. Within a contested divorce, a case is commenced by the filing of a complaint. No matter what position you hold within the divorce, you should not hesitate to contact my firm at once.

Available grounds for divorce include:

  • One year's mutual and voluntary separation
  • Two years' involuntary separation
  • Adultery
  • Desertion
  • Conviction of a felony or misdemeanor
  • Insanity
  • Cruelty
  • Excessively vicious conduct

Schedule a Case Evaluation With Our Ellicott City Attorney

As your divorce lawyer in Ellicott City, Columbia, and Catonsville, MD, I can help you accomplish your goals and seek a positive resolution to avoid having your rights disregarded. My firm provides clients with a flat-rate consultation to help you get started achieving positive results.