What is Family Law?

Family law is the area of law that involves forming and dissolving family relationships. Whenever someone in the area marries, divorces or adopts, a family lawyer in Maryland should be involved. At Cohen Harris, our family law practice includes:

  • Divorces
  • Separations
  • Custody Agreements 
  • Child Support
  • Alimony
  • Allocation of Marital Property
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Antenuptial Agreements

What can I expect when I call Cohen Harris?

When you call our office, you will be asked to bring to your appointment any documentation you may have. This may include pleadings, separation agreements, written exchanges that have a bearing on your case, and other paperwork that you feel is important. When in doubt, bring it. 

In our first conversation, you will be asked what you want to have happen. Family law issues are typically very emotional. During that first meeting, it’s common for there to be tears, frustration, anger, or even hurt about what is happening. What sets us apart as a family lawyer in Maryland is that we listen, really listen. We want to know what you feel you need. We don’t expect you to have it all figured out at this point, and that is why you have come to us. 

Once you have talked about what you need, you will be counseled as to what the best option is for you. If there is an option for an agreement without contested litigation, we will explore that. If we need to go to trial, we will explore what we need to do to prepare for litigation. Each client is different, each situation is different. Our primary goal is to help you receive the outcome you hope for.

family law faqsFamily Law Frequently Asked Questions

While every situation is unique, there are some questions that are frequently asked of every family lawyer in Maryland.

If I am a father, does that mean I won’t get custody of my children?

Maryland does not have a presumption that putting a child in the custody of a parent based on their gender is automatically what is right for every child. Each custody situation will reflect the physical and emotional needs of the child.

Where do I start with my case?

One of the first things that needs to happen in every family law case is you need to consult with an attorney. They will be able to help you figure out which laws and statutes apply to your case and will help you clarify your legal rights. Once you have decided on a course of action, we will file a complaint on your behalf. The other party then has time to respond to your complaint. They may decide they want to move forward on a settlement, or they may decide to contest your complaint in court. If your case goes to court, there will be a scheduling hearing to create deadlines for gathering evidence, holding a hearing and bringing a judgment.

Should I try to settle out of court?

Over years of experience, we have seen greater satisfaction on all sides if both parties can come to an agreement. When you leave your family’s fate in the hands of a judge, you are relinquishing some control over the situation. Of course, in some circumstances, going to trial is necessary. However, if both parties are willing to negotiate, settling out of court may be in your best interest.

What areas of Maryland does Cohen Harris serve?

A Maryland divorce lawyer typically serves a certain geographic area. At Cohen Harris, we focus primarily on the following areas.

  • Baltimore City
  • Baltimore County
  • Anne Arundel County
  • Harford County
  • Howard County

If you are facing marriage, divorce, separation, custody disputes, or any other family legal matters, you need a family lawyer in Maryland you can trust. Call Cohen Harris today for a free phone consultation. Call Us: 888-585-7979