ProActive Fathers' Rights Custody Attorney and Divorce Lawyer with much Successful experience in
F   A   T   H   E   R   S'         R   I   G   H   T   S
regarding Divorce, Custody, Visitation, and Child Support
in Maryland Family Courts

Laura Matney, Attorney at Law


Matney Law Firm, LLC
2275 Research Blvd., Suite 500 Rockville, MD 20850 in Montgomery County
Just off Exit 8 of I-270 also convenient to Bethesda, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Silver Spring, and Frederick, Maryland
Also serving Annapolis, Upper Marlboro, Ellicott City, Columbia, Baltimore, La Plata, Prince Frederick, Hagerstown,
and All areas in Maryland
Attorney Matney does NOT charge for Travel-Time to or from any Court in Maryland



Experienced and Successful in representing Men in Maryland Family Courts, Attorney Laura Matney has obtained Court Orders for Sole Physical Custody and for Joint Physical Custody with Equal Time Sharing   FOR   FATHERS  many times in many Trials, Emergency Hearings, and Settlements in many Family Law Courts in Maryland.



Attorney Matney has much successful experience representing Fathers in complex High-Conflict Custody and Divorce cases and provides experienced representation and advice regarding navigating the Maryland Family Court System and managing high-conflict and aggressive people.


Attorney Matney also has much successful experience defending men against false domestic violence and abuse claims, and getting undesirable Orders Vacated (i.e., ex parte emergency custody order, default judgment, etc.).


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



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Attorney Laura Matney has much successful experience representing Fathers in high-conflict complex Custody, Child Support, and Divorce cases involving Borderline Personality Disorder (AKA: Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder and/or Emotional Dysregulation Disorder), Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), Anti-Social Personalilty (ASPD, AKA: Sociopathic Personality Disorder), Rapid Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Excessively Controlling Behavior, Emotionally Withholding Behavior, Histrionic Personality Disorder, Substance Use Disorder, Emotional Disturbance, Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, ADD, Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Aggressive Behavior, Parental Alienation, Emotionally Generated False Information, Cognitive Distortions, distortion campaigns, School and Day Care issues, change of residence location, disability, assertions of emotional abuse, domestic violence, child abuse, child neglect, Anger Management issues, issues involving grandparents, defending against peripheral persuasion and surprise attacks, and complex cases having to disprove lies and false legal assertions.

Attorney Matney has a Master's Degree in Psychology and a Law degree and has much professional experience working with people with mental illness and also many years of successful experience practicing Law.

Attorney Matney accepts Divorce, Custody, Visitation, and Child Support cases for ALL Courts in Maryland and she does NOT charge for Travel-Time to or from any Court in Maryland.

Attorney Matney provides compassionate guidance with individual attention and proactive vigorous advocacy.

Attorney Laura Matney also has extensive experience with Custody cases involving Grandparents desiring Custody.


Attorney Matney also does Mediation for Maryland Divorce and Custody cases, helps Clients with Settlement out of Court, and accepts Guardianship cases.

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





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



Attorney Matney is a Maryland Divorce Lawyer and MD Custody Attorney accepting cases from ALL counties in the State of Maryland:
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

She does NOT charge for Travel-Time to or from any Court in Maryland.

A Maryland Court of Appeals published case regarding Constitutional Rights and Maryland Family Law where Attorney Laura 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 is   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.


Laura 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, Stevenson, Owings Mills, Towson, Timonium, Bel Air, Laurel, Greenbelt, Beltsville, Bowie, Upper Marlboro, Prince Frederick, Waldorf, La Plata, Leonardtown, Lexington Park, Solomons, Snow Hill, Salisbury, Cambridge, Easton, Chestertown, Hagerstown, Cumberland, Oakland, McHenry, Westminster, Severna Park, Arnold, Centreville, Annapolis, and all areas in Maryland








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

Attorney Matney's office is in Rockville, MD, but she does accept Divorce, Custody, Visitation, and Child Support cases in All courts in Maryland with No charge for Travel-Time to or from any Court in Maryland.


Attorney Laura Matney has obtained Court Orders for Sole Custody and Joint custody with Equal Time Sharing   FOR   FATHERS  many times in many Trials, Emergency Hearings, and Settlements in Family Law Courts around the state of Maryland.



Attorney Laura Matney has also acheived favorable results for Appellate cases and cases involving Immigration, Bankruptcy, and Criminal Defense.

***Past Success is no guarantee of future Success***



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


Attorney Matney does not charge for Travel-Time to or from any Court in Maryland



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 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.   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 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 much 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


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





Attorney Matney does NOT charge for Travel-Time to or from Court.



Attny. Matney is a very experienced successful Maryland Divorce Attorney and MD Custody Lawyer who accepts Maryland Family Law cases serving

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 All counties in Maryland with No charge for Travel-Time to or from Court.



Rockville,   Bethesda,   Chevy Chase,   Gaithersburg,   Germantown,   Silver Spring,   Burtonsville,   Laurel,   Urbana,   Frederick,   Hagerstown,   Cumberland,   Oakland,   McHenry,   Silver Spring,   College Park,   Olney,   Baltimore,   Mt. Washington,   Owings Mills,   Towson,   Westminster,   Annapolis,   Centreville,   Upper Marlboro,   Prince Frederick,   Waldorf,   La Plata,   Leonardtown,   Lexington Park,   Ocean City,   Salisbury,   Snow Hill,   Columbia,   Clarksville,  Ellicott City  Mt. Airy,   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 All counties in Maryland.






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