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Providing vigorous advocacy by a Fathers' Rights Attorney in Maryland who is on your side!
Maryland Family Law is the only kind of Law we do and we do it well!


Attorney Laura Matney has obtained Orders for Sole and Joint Physical Custody
for Fathers many times in many Courts around the State of Maryland!
***Past success is no guarantee of future success***

Attny. Matney is a Divorce Attorney and Custody Lawyer with many years of experience practicing Law in Maryland Family Law Courts serving Rockville, Bethesda, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Silver Spring, Frederick, Hagerstown, Cumberland, Columbia, Annapolis, Baltimore, Greenbelt, Upper Marlboro,
Huntingtown, and all areas in Maryland with no charge for driving-time to or from Court hearings.


Attny. Matney is a Maryland Divorce Lawyer and MD Custody Attorney focusing on
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in Today's Maryland Custody and MD Divorce Law


Attorney Laura Matney has obtained Joint Legal Custody, and Joint Physical Custody with 50-50 time sharing (i.e., equal authority/equal access), for Fathers many times in many 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.

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Attny. Matney is a Maryland Divorce Lawyer and MD Custody Attorney accepting Maryland Family Law cases in all counties within Maryland:
Montgomery County, Frederick County, Carroll County, Howard County, Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Harford County, Cecil County, Anne Arundel County, Queen Anne's County, Kent County, Prince George's County, Calvert County, Charles County, St. Mary's County, Somerset County, Worcester County, Wicomico County, Dorchester County, Talbot County, Caroline County, Dorchester County, Allegany County, Garrett County, Washington County, and all counties in Maryland with no charge for driving-time to or from court hearings.


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 later upheld and expanded to also cover Maryland Visitation Law on 1/12/07 in the case of Koshko v. Haining.


Attny. Matney is a Maryland Divorce Attorney and MD Custody Lawyer serving
Rockville, King Farm, Bethesda, Kensington, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Gaithersburg, Kentlands, Germantown, Frederick, Silver Spring, College Park, Olney, Burtonsville, Ellicott City, Columbia, Clarksville, Baltimore, Mt. Washington, Stevensville, Owings Mills, Towson, Timonium, Bel Air, Laurel, Beltsville, Greenbelt, Beltsville, Bowie, Upper Marlboro, Prince Frederick, Waldorf, La Plata, Lexington Park, Solomons, Snow Hill, Salisbury, Cambridge, Easton, Chestertown, Hagerstown, Cumberland, Oakland, McHenry, Westminster, Severna Park, Arnold, Centreville, Annapolis, and all areas in Maryland with no charge for driving-time to or from court hearings


The Matney Law Firm is based in Rockville, Maryland, but we do accept Divorce and Custody cases in all areas around 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 driving-time to or from court hearings.


While there are specific Main Factors 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.   In Maryland Family Courts the status of Custody and the particular visitation schedule of the child is decided based mostly on what is "in the best interest of the child," which is up for argument based on the individual circumstances involved in each case.   These Main Factors are published in many locations easily seen by the general public.   However, there are many sub-Factors that are very influential (often more so than the "Main Factors") in many Custody cases that are not published in many locations easily seen by the general public, if at all.   In order to have a good understanding of "Maryland Family Law" it is necessary to know and understand these sub-Factors.   Attny. Matney provides detailed information about these sub-Factors as part of her Initial Consultations.


Attny. Matney provides very high-quality Initial Consultations based on over 13 years of Experience in Maryland Family Law Courts around the State of Maryland, she accepts cases from all Family Courts within the State of Maryland, and she does not charge for driving-time to or from court hearings.   She has obtained Court Orders for Fathers having Equal Time Sharing and Primary Residential Custody many times around the State of Maryland.   All Initial Consultations given at the Matney Law Firm are given by Attny. Matney, all Legal Advice is given by Attny. Matney, and all Representation of Clients is done by Attny. Matney.   A lot of information about Maryland Family Law (scroll down on this page to see) and about Attorney Matney is provided on this web site.


Initial Consultations with Attny. Matney can be by phone or in person, but are by prior appointment only

All in-person Initial Consultations take place in our office:

Matney Law Firm, LLC
2275 Research Blvd., Suite 500
Rockville, MD 20850


How much a case may cost will depend on the facts involved in the case and the desires of the Client.   A Consultation with Attny. Matney would need to be scheduled to determine this.


You can schedule an Initial Consultation with Attny. Matney by clicking HERE to fill out her online Initial Consultation Appointment Request Form.


To avoid confusion regarding dates, time, location, and terms, and to make sure there is no conflict of interest, all appointments are set by e-mail only -- not by phone.


If you submit all the required information, we will run a conflicts check regarding the names and/or needed court dates you put on your Form, and if we find there to be no conflict, we will set and confirm an appointment for you.


Having a Consultation with Attny. Matney does not guarantee that she will accept your case.   --Confirming that she has the date open that you need for a scheduled hearing in no way guarantees that she will accept your case   -- It is only to confirm that she has that particular date open at this time to possibly represent you if she were to accept your case.


Attny. Matney offers full representation in Court and She also offers assistance with drafting Complaints and Motions for those who want to represent themselves ("pro se")







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.



Today's Maryland Family Law Law (i.e., Child Support, Custody, Visitation, and Divorce Law) is very different than it used to be and is different than many people think.



Maryland Child Support Law is based on a formula which is based on the factors of how many overnights the child spends with each parent, the average monthly income of each parent (or possibly how much either of them could make if either one is "voluntarily under-employing" "or voluntarily impoverishing" himself or herself), daycare expenses, medical expenses, and some other factors.



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 states.


While there are specific Main Factors 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.   In Maryland Family Courts the status of Custody and the particular visitation schedule of the child is decided based mostly on what is "in the best interest of the child," which is up for argument based on the individual circumstances involved in each case.   These Main Factors are published in many locations easily seen by the general public.   However, there are many sub-Factors that are very influential (often more so than the "Main Factors") in many Custody cases that are not published in many locations easily seen by the general public, if at all.   In order to have a good understanding of "Maryland Family Law" it is necessary to know and understand these sub-Factors.   Attny. Matney provides detailed information about these sub-Factors as part of her Initial Consultations.


There are no specific formulas in Maryland for determining Alimony or Monetary Award in Maryland Divorce Law.   While there are certain factors 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.




Maryland Child Support Law Overview


Fathers' Rights in Today's Maryland Family Law


Maryland Custody Law Overview


Main Factors Maryland Judges use in determining Custody cases


Changing a Current Custody Order in Maryland


Grounds for Divorce in Maryland


Residency Requirement for Divorce in Maryland


Marital Property in Maryland


Use and Possession of Marital Property in Maryland


Alimony in Maryland Divorce Law


Legal Assistance with Abuse Claims in Maryland









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Maryland Divorce Attorney and MD Custody Lawyer Attorney serving
Rockville,   Bethesda,   Chevy Chase,   Gaithersburg,   Germantown,   Silver Spring,   Burtonsville,   Laurel,   Urbana,   Frederick,   Hagerstown,   Cumberland,   Oakland,   McHenry,   Hyattsville,   College Park,   Olney,   Baltimore,   Mt. Washington,   Owings Mills,   Towson,   Westminster,   Annapolis,   Centreville,   Upper Marlboro,   Prince Frederick,   Waldorf,   Huntingtown,   Lexington Park,   Ocean City,   Salisbury,   Snow Hill,   Columbia,   Clarksville,   Ellicott City   Mt. Airy,  



Attorney Laura Matney is a Maryland Divorce Lawyer and MD Custody Attorney accepting cases from Maryland Circuit and District Courts in
Rockville, Frederick, Westminster, Ellicott City, Towson, Baltimore, Bel Air, Elkton, Annapolis, Centreville, Chestertown, Upper Marlboro, Prince Frederick, La Plata, Leonardtownn, Princess Anne, Snow Hill, Salisbury, Cambridge, Easton, Denton, Cumberland, Oakland, Hagerstown, and all Family Courts in Maryland with no charge for driving-time to or from court hearings


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