Providing vigorous advocacy by a Fathers' Rights Attorney
who is on your side!
Divorce Attorney and Custody Lawyer with many years of experience practicing Law in Maryland Family Law Courts
Rockville, Bethesda, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Silver Spring, Frederick, Columbia, Annapolis, Baltimore, Greenbelt, Lexington Park
and surrounding areas
Maryland Divorce Lawyer and MD Custody Attorney focusing on
F   A   T   H   E   R   S'         R   I   G   H   T   S
in Today's Maryland Custody and MD Divorce Law
Maryland Family Law is all we do and we do it well!
Attny. Matney has obtained Orders for Sole and Joint Physical Custody
many times in Courts around the State of Maryland
by Trial and by Settlement
Consultations with Attorney Matney are available by phone or in person,
but are by prior appointment only
To request an appointment via our Appointment Request E-mail Form,
We offer full representation in Court, assistance with Settlement,
We also offer assistance with drafting Complaints and
Motions for those who want to represent themselves ("pro se")
Attorney Matney has obtained Joint Legal Custody, and Joint Physical Custody with
50-50 time sharing (i.e., equal authority/equal access), for Fathers
in Family Law Courts around the State of Maryland.
She has also obtained Sole Legal and Sole Physical Custody for Fathers at the Trial level,
at the Appellate level, and also
by Emergency Hearing in Courts around the State of Maryland.   Attorney Matney has also obtained Sole Custody
and Joint Custody with Equal Time Sharing for Fathers by Settlement.
***Past success is no guarantee whatever of future success***
Maryland Divorce Lawyer and MD Custody Attorney accepting cases from the following counties:
Montgomery County, Frederick County, Carroll County, Howard County, Baltimore County, Baltimore City,
Harford County, Anne Arundel County, Queen Anne's County, Prince George's County, Calvert County, Charles County, St. Mary's County,
Worcester County, Wicomico County, Kent County, Talbot County, Dorchester County,
Allegany County, Garrett County, and Washington County
Published Maryland case regarding Constitutional Rights and Maryland Family Law
where Attorney Matney obtained an Order for Sole Legal and Sole Physical Custody for the Father
wherein the Court refined and clarified part of Maryland Child Custody Law
in response to her argument:
McDermott v. Dougherty,   385   Md.   320   (2005).
*The McDermott case was upheld and expanded to also cover Maryland Visitation Law on 1/12/07 in the
case of Koshko v. Haining.
Maryland Divorce Attorney and MD Custody Lawyer serving
Annapolis, and surrounding areas in Maryland
Professional Profile of Attorney Matney
Consultations can be by phone or in person, but are by prior appointment only
Appointment Request E-mail Form
Matney Law Firm, LLC
The Matney Law Firm is based in Rockville, Maryland, but we do accept divorce and custody cases
in all courts in the State of Maryland.   Maryland Family Law is all we do and we have won for Fathers many times in courts around the
State of Maryland.
*Past success is no guarantee of future success.
We do not charge for travel-time to/from court hearings or
2275 Research Blvd., Suite 500
Rockville, MD 20850
Some Main Points of Maryland Family Law
*The Maryland Family Law referenced on this web site is for general information only, could change without notice at any time, and is not to be used to replace legal advice.
Reading the information on this site and/or sending us an e-mail or fax does not create an Attorney-Client relationship.
Family Law varies greatly from state to state and the information on this web site is in regard to Maryland Family Law only.
Maryland Family Law is drawn from the sources of the Maryland Code, Maryland Court Rules, and
Maryland Case Law.
Individual Maryland laws regarding Custody, Visitation, Child Support, Alimony, and Divorce cannot be fully comprehended without understanding how they interact with each other and
within the elaborate Maryland Family Law Court system, and trying to interpret individual laws
without understanding this could decrease the chance of achieving an outcome favorable to you in your case.
Family Law varies from state to state.   There is NO presumption of JOINT Custody in Maryland.
Some states do have a rebuttable presumption of Joint Custody -- Maryland is NOT one of those
While there are specific
the Maryland Courts must consider when deciding Custody cases, these various factors are not assigned any particular weight or priority, and
there are no specific formulas for determining the schedule the child will have with the parents.
The status of Custody and the particular visitation schedule of the child is decided based on what is
"in the best interest of the child,"
which is up for argument based on the individual circumstances involved in each case.
There are no specific formulas in Maryland for determining Alimony or Monetary Award in Maryland
Divorce Law.   While there are
the Courts must consider when deciding Alimony and Monetary Award cases, like the factors listed for determining
Custody, they are not assigned any
particular weight or priority.   The matters of Alimony and Monetary Award in Maryland Divorce are
determined based on what the Maryland Courts find to be "equitable," considering the circumstances of the parties
and the unique factors involved in each case.
Another issue to be considered in Maryland Divorce cases is "use and possession."
In Maryland Limited Divorce or an Absolute Divorce cases, Maryland Courts may award immediate exclusive "use and possession" of the
"family home" and "family use personal property,"
such as automobiles, furniture, family leisure equipment, etc., to either spouse, and this can
be ordered to last for up to three years."
See our page on "Use and Possession" for details.
Maryland Family Law Court procedure is continually evolving to manage the increasing volume of
Family Law cases.   The procedures involved in the Maryland Family Law Court system are very different
from Maryland general Civil Courts, Maryland Criminal Courts, and the Federal Courts.
It is in your best interest to consult an Attorney with recent and frequent experience in the Maryland Family Law Courts
to get specific legal advice regarding your individual case or situation
before making any agreements or filing anything regarding a Maryland Divorce, Custody, or Domestic Violence/Abuse case.
The actions you take and/or the Agreements you make, if any, during the initial stages of your Maryland
Custody case and in
the Maryland Family Court early procedures
before Trial, could have a significant impact on your ability to acheive a favorable outcome in your
Maryland Family Law case.
Child Support Law
Main Factors Maryland Judges use
Changing a Current
Residency Requirement for
Use and Possession of Marital Property
Legal Assistance with Abuse Claims in Maryland
We do not charge for travel-time to or from court hearings
Maryland Divorce Lawyer and MD Custody Attorney accepting cases in
the following areas in Maryland:
Montgomery County, Frederick County, Washington County, Allegany County, Garrett County, Anne Arundel County,
Queen Anne's County,
Prince George's County, Calvert County, Charles County, St. Mary's County, Worcester County, Wicomico County,
Carroll County, Howard County,
Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Harford County, Cecil County, and surrounding counties in Maryland
Maryland Divorce Attorney and MD Custody Lawyer Attorney serving
and the greater Montgomery County, Frederick County, Washington County, Allegany County, Garrett County,
Anne Arundel County, Howard County, Prince George's County, Charles County, St. Mary's County,
Carroll County, Baltimore County, Harford County, Wicomico County, Worcester County,
and surrounding areas and counties in Maryland.   We accept cases from counties in Maryland surrounding the
District Of Columbia, but we do not accept cases that are in the District Of Columbia.
State and Federal Divorce Law Directory Center