Compassionate Family Lawyer Serving Montgomery County
Attorney Carol R. Schifter has dedicated her career to defending Silver Spring and Montgomery County families struggling with family-related legal issues. Whether your case involves a divorce, separation, prenuptial agreement, mediation, child custody and/or child support dispute, a dedicated attorney is your best bet at securing the outcome you deserve.
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.
Mediation is an effective, and oftentimes easier form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) that generally provides a solution that both parties find acceptable. There are two types of mediation in the state of Maryland:
- Mediation with the Attorney Acting as the Mediator: Attorney Carol R. Schifter will assist both the parties in negotiating the terms of their agreement, ensuring that they are able to arrive at a satisfactory agreement.
- Mediation with the Attorney Acting in Document Review: Carol will simply review the agreements already made by each party after they’re finished working with a mediator.
A separation agreement is a contract between a married couple that is planning to separate or have already done so. If you are considering separation or divorce, Carol R. Schifter, Esquire can assist you throughout every step of the legal process. She will assist you in determining and applying 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).
Fighting For You
With more than three decades’ experience, Carol R. Schifter, Esquire understands the emotional complexities of family law. 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.