Family Law Attorney In

Central Maryland including but not limited to Howard, Baltimore, Carroll, Ann Arundel and Hartford Counties

Proudly Serving Ellicott City With Years of Experience

With more than a decade of experience, I provide my clients with the high-quality assistance they need with their family law cases. I am dedicated to representing mothers, fathers, and individuals who are experiencing a crisis associated with an area of family law. My office is located in Ellicott City, and I serve clients throughout Howard County, Maryland. Contact my firm today to get started pursuing a positive case result.

Family Law Cases We Handle

Alimony consists of periodic payments made from one former spouse to the other. The purpose of alimony is to ensure that the recipient has the opportunity to become self-supporting.

Alimony payments are made from one spouse to another during or after a divorce to support one party who needs additional help becoming financially independent. The court will examine a variety of factors to determine a person's need for alimony, although there is no formula or calculator to decide how much award will be ordered.

The factors that are necessary for a "fair and equitable award" include:

  • Ability of the spouse who wants alimony to become self-supporting
  • How much time it will take receiving spouse to receive education to find employment
  • Couple's standard of living while married
  • Length of the marriage
  • Contributions of each spouse to the family
  • Circumstances that led to the termination of the marriage
  • Each spouse's age
  • Each spouse's physical and mental condition
  • Ability of the paying spouse to meet his or her own needs

You will need to file a claim for alimony as part of the divorce prior to the end of the marriage for it to be considered. Having an Ellicott City family lawyer guide you through the process can be extremely beneficial.

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Family Law Appeal Work in Central MD

Lisa Goldblatt is on your side, and will guide you through all court processes you have to face. Domestic appeals are one unique area that she will work with you in.
If you believe the judge overseeing your case made some serious mistakes or they disregarded the current law, then an appeal should be considered. Mistakes that judges make that are considered appealable include:

  • Refusing vital pieces of evidence
  • Refusing to admit expert testimony
  • Showing an obvious bias.

You have 30 days from the date of the final court order to appeal the court's order. Get the help you need with a domestic appeal at Lisa M Goldblatt law.

My firm handles cases of child abuse and neglect to protect the safety of the child involved. If you suspect that your child is the victim of abuse or neglect, consult my firm at once.

Child Custody & Child Support

Contact a Howard County Divorce Lawyer: 443-773-4106

Divorce cases involving children are often the most difficult to resolve. My firm can help you protect your rights and ensure that the child's best interest is given the highest priority during child custody and child support proceedings, and this includes paternity actions.

Do you need professional guidance for your child support case? Whether you need assistance drafting a child support agreement or want to modify an existing arrangement, I am here for you. Contact The Law Office of Lisa M. Goldblatt to begin pursuing a positive case outcome with an experienced Howard County divorce attorney.

As an inevitable part of the divorce process, determining child custody is often a stressful and drawn out process. Whether you are facing a custody battle or want help maneuvering a beneficial negotiation, The Law Office of Lisa M. Goldblatt is ready to provide the legal counsel you need. As the firm's Howard County divorce attorney, I offer committed representation for the toughest cases.

Want to learn more? Call my firm today at (443) 773-4106.

When you work with my firm, you receive top legal guidance backed by more than a decade of experience. I consider it my duty to ensure that every client remains well-informed on the nature of their situation. With this in mind, I won't stop answering questions in your flat-fee consultation-I will keep you informed throughout the duration of your case with consistent communication. I respond to every call or email within 24 hours, ensuring that every case is handled as efficiently as possible.

Divorce involves the termination of the legal relationship between two individuals who are married. Divorce cases can either be uncontested or contested, depending on the particular circumstances of the situation.

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If you are looking for a law firm to help you accomplish your goals associated with family law issues, there is no need to look further than my firm, The Law Office of Lisa M. Goldblatt. As a skilled divorce attorney will will handle your case.

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 Central MD

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 Attorney in Central MD

As your divorce lawyer in Central 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.

In many cases, grandparents are granted the right to visitation with their grandchildren during and after the divorce of their child from his or her spouse. During a consultation, I can help you determine what rights you may be entitled to involving visitation with and custody of your grandchildren.

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Importance of Establishing Paternity

Once paternity is established, parental rights and responsibilities such as custody and parenting time are clearly defined, both of which can foster a father and child relationship. As the founder of The Law Office of Lisa M. Goldblatt, I have observed numerous reasons as to why paternity should be established.

Paternity establishment affects many aspects of a child's life, including education, insurance, and health, probate, and disability law. I believe that being a parent is the most rewarding experience, and having two loving parents involved in a child's upbringing is best for the child's physical and emotional wellbeing. That being said, I am proud to represent both mothers and fathers in their paternity actions, and I can help you.

Maryland's Affidavit of Parentage

The Affidavit of Parentage is a legal document that both parents can sign at the time of the child's birth. This is a voluntary way to establish paternity when the mother and father are not married; the document can be signed at the hospital.

If the alleged father denies paternity, paternity can be established through the courts by ordering a genetic test (DNA test), which consists of passing a swab along the inside of the cheek to obtain a saliva sample.

If the test results conclude that the man is definitely the father, the court shall declare the alleged father as the father of the child, and he will be ordered to pay child support.

Establishing Paternity in Central MD

In Maryland, when the mother is married at the time of the child's conception or birth, the law presumes that her husband is the baby's father. If a child is born out of wedlock, paternity can be established if both parents sign an Affidavit of Parentage, or through a court proceeding.

Establishing paternity provides the following benefits:

  • Legally establishes a father-child relationship.
  • Allows the father's name to be listed on the birth certificate.
  • Gives the father all of the rights of being a father, including the right to seek child custody and visitation, and to be consulted about adoption.
  • Allows the child to receive important benefits from the father, including financial support, Social Security, veteran's benefits, life insurance, health insurance, and an inheritance.

Retain a Child Custody Attorney

For competent legal support during a paternity action, I can provide you with the representation needed to resolve your paternity case. As an Ellicott City divorce lawyer with over a decade of experience, I know the applicable laws and can protect your rights every step of the way.

You may see the benefit of acquiring a prenuptial agreement in the event that you and your soon-to-be spouse divorce at some point in the future. My firm can also help clients draft separation agreements, which separate the lives of the individuals without ending the marriage.

Separation agreements and prenuptial agreements serve different legal functions but have a common goal, which is to resolve marital problems in a calm and reasoned manner. Couples who are entering into marriage may wish to draft a prenuptial agreement in the unfortunate event of divorce later down the road.

Separation agreements are also available for married or unmarried couples who do not have hope of reconciliation. Contact my firm in Ellicott City for assistance with filing a claim from a skilled divorce lawyer in Central MD.

Entering into an Agreement

Couples who wish to make a separation agreement can privately enter into an oral or written agreement to live separately and divide their assets. Entering into a separation agreement does not terminate the marriage contract.

The separation agreement should include information regarding:

  • Care, custody, and support of children
  • Amount of support one spouse will contribute
  • Provisions for continuation of health insurance benefits
  • Division of property while couple is living apart

If you are looking to create a prenuptial agreement, also called a prenup, my firm can help you through the process to protect your rights and ensure that you receive the benefits you deserve. Maryland has a statute regarding the rules of premarital contracts that I can further discuss with you when you retain my representation. Many engaged couples decide to create prenuptial or postnuptial agreements to protect their assets in the future.

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Prenuptial agreements are held to a very high standard in Maryland courts and should therefore be carefully drafted. The agreement must be fairly entered into by both parties. You will also want to ensure that your separation agreement is accurately completed.

Do not hesitate to schedule a consultation, which Attorney Lisa Goldblatt provides at a flat rate. Call now.

We service Central Maryland including but not limited to Howard, Baltimore, Carroll, Ann Arundel and Hartford Counties

If the biological parents of a child are not fit for the care of their child, a third party may be able to receive custody. Third-party custody may be granted to grandparents, close relatives, stepparents, or other adults who the child had already been living with at some point.

As long as a child's biological parents are deemed fit to fulfill the responsibilities of providing for their child and are willing to care for the child, they will receive custody. Third parties, however, can be granted custody when those factors are not present.

Third parties who may be granted custody rights are:

  • Grandparents of the child
  • Close relatives of the parents
  • Stepparents
  • Partners of the child's biological parents
  • Adults whom the child has been living with for a lengthy period of time

When considering custody of a child by a third party, the court may review several factors, such as:

  • Child's previous relationship to the person
  • Adult's financial and occupational background
  • Relationship between the person and the child's biological parents
  • Instances of physical and / or psychological abuse

Serving the Best Interests of the Child

Before the court makes a determination of child custody, it will examine various factors that relate to the child's best interests. If custody by a third party is in the best interests of the child, the court will issue an order granting custody.

Other factors that will be assessed include:

  • Wishes of the child
  • Wishes of the parents
  • Child's relationship with the third party
  • Child's adjustment to school, home, and community
  • Length of time the child has lived in a stable and loving home
  • Non-parent's ability to provide for child

"De Facto" Parent Visitation Rights

As third parties, the people seeking rights to a child may receive limited visitation if they are considered "de facto" parents.

To be considered a "de facto" parent, the third party must be able to prove that:

  • The legal parent consented to a relationship between the third party and child
  • The third party lived with the child
  • The third party performed parenting functions for the child
  • A parent-child bond was forged

Contact my firm, The Law Office of Lisa M. Goldblatt, for the legal representation you need from a proven Howard County divorce attorney.

My Firm's Qualifications

If you are looking for a law firm to help you accomplish your goals associated with family law issues, there is no need to look further than my firm, The Law Office of Lisa M. Goldblatt. As a skilled divorce attorney in Howard County, I have extensive experience and have received numerous awards and accolades.

Some of my accomplishments and memberships:

  • Commercial Law League of America
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • James C. Cawood, Jr. American Inn of Court
  • James Macgill American Inn of Court

Schedule a flat-rate consultation today with an Ellicott City family lawyer you can count on!