Compassionate Family Lawyer Serving Montgomery County
Attorney Carol R. Schifter understands the myriad challenges inherent to family law cases. From the anguish of choosing whether or not to file for divorce to prepare a Separation Agreement to facilitate filling for an uncontested divorce, Carol makes sure that each client is treated fairly and compassionately. Having represented Silver Spring and Montgomery families for over 30 years, she tackles each family law case with a clear and thorough approach.
There are many things to consider when filing for divorce in Maryland, including the state’s residency requirement (6 months) and rules governing prenuptial agreements, property distribution (Maryland is an “equitable distribution” state), alimony (i.e., spousal support), pension division, child custody arrangements, and child support agreements. For more information regarding these topics, please peruse each subject’s page and/or take a look at our comprehensive FAQ section.
When it comes to child custody arrangements, Maryland judges place a premium on the best interests of your child. The court may award sole custody to one parent or joint custody to you both. Keeping in mind the particulars of your case, Maryland judges will consider various factors when issuing a custody determination, including your child’s relationship with you and your former spouse and your ability to raise a child.
The state of Maryland determines the amount of child support required based on you and your former spouse’s combined income. Keep in mind that child support agreements continue until your child turns 19 or graduates high school, whichever comes first. Unless both parents’ combined income is high, the amount of child support is set by mandatory child support guidelines. A Maryland judge may change the amount of child support to account for health insurance, educational expenses, and costs associated with child care.
A separation agreement is a contract between a married couple planning to separate or have already done so. If you consider separation or divorce, Carol R. Schifter, Esquire, can assist you throughout every step of the legal process. She will help you determine and apply the terms of your agreement with sensitivity, compassion, and understanding.
A separation agreement will allow you and your spouse to come to an understanding regarding health insurance, property distribution, child custody, child support, and alimony (i.e., spousal support).
A prenuptial agreement is a contract between a couple intending to marry and becomes effective once they marry. The purpose of the agreement is to allow the parties to specify what they want to do instead of what is stated in the law.
Fighting For You
With more than three decades’ experience, Carol R. Schifter, Esquire, understands family law’s emotional complexities. If you and your family are currently struggling with an issue involving mediation, separation, divorce, child custody, child support, and/or alimony, you need compassionate counsel in your corner. Stop waiting to reclaim your life — contact Carol today.