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Focusing on Fathers' Rights in Maryland

Attny. Matney has obtained Sole and Joint Physical Custody with Equal Time Sharing
for Fathers
many times in Courts around the state of Maryland by Trial and by Settlement

***Past success is no guarantee whatever of future success***

Fathers' Rights in Maryland Family Law

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Professional Profile of
Attorney Laura D. Matney

Attny. Matney has obtained Joint Legal Custody, and Joint Physical Custody with Equal Time Sharing both by Trial and by Settlement -- She promotes Settlement whenever possible.

                ***Past success is no guarantee whatever of future success***

Attny. Matney has effectively advocated for many Fathers.   Not only has she obtained Custody for many Fathers, but she has accomplished many other things for Fathers as well:   She has obtained Court Orders for Fathers to have Sole Physical Custody and to be able to take the Children to other states and to another country to reside with them there;   She has obtained Orders for Mothers to have to return the Children from other States within a few days;   She has obtained Orders for no Alimony having to be paid by Husbands in contested Divorce cases where the Wives filed for Alimony; and she has obtained Orders attributing income to Mothers who chose not to work to their full capacity in Child Support cases; Orders Shortening Time Allowed For Response; and Orders for Deviations Downward from the Child Support Guidelines for Fathers.   She has also also obtained an Order for the following: Transfer of Venue to another County; Transfer of Jurisdiction to another State; For Sanctions Due To Not Answering Discovery Requests - No Testimony Allowed; For The Mother To Have To Pay Part Of The Father's Daycare Costs During The Summer; For A Father To Be Allowed To Reimburse Mother For Daycare Costs Only After Proof Of Actual Payment Each Month Instead Of Incorporating Into The Guideline Amount; For A Father To Be Allowed To Pay The Daycare Provider Directly Instead Of Having Daycare Costs Incorporated Into The Guideline Amount; and For The Case To Be Remanded To A Different Judge

*Past success is no guarantee whatever of future success:   All cases are different with unique variables and successful outcomes for some in no way guarantees or implies successful outcomes for others.   Going to Trial always involves a risk since Judges have much discretion in the decisions they make in Maryland Family Law.

Published case regarding Constitutional Rights and Family Law where Attny. 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 recently upheld and expanded to also cover Maryland Visitation Law on 1/12/07 in the case of Koshko v. Haining.

Attny. Matney is fully licensed to practice law in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, the Maryland Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.   She has filed cases in all of these Courts and is familiar with the various procedures of each.   She is also fully licensed to practice in all State Courts in Maryland.

Attny. Matney's career has consisted of many years of vigorous advocacy, effective action, and high quality service for her Clients.   She has been practicing law continuously since 1997.

In the year 1997 she practiced mostly criminal defense law.   She achieved getting many criminal cases dismissed for her Clients, including DWI, drug charges, and a federal criminal case involving charges of embezzlement and conspiracy.   She also achieved favorable results for her clients in Juvenile, Bankruptcy, Immigration, and Education cases.

Attny. Matney began concentrating in the area of Fathers' Rights in 1998 after seeing the enormous impact that Child Custody and Visitation orders had on the lives of her criminal defense Clients, who happened to be Fathers.

Attny. Matney has been practicing mostly Maryland Family Law since 1998 and has achieved favorable outcomes for Fathers many times both through the Maryland Trial and Appellate Courts and also by achieving favorable Settlements (*Past success is no guarantee whatever of future success).

Attny. Matney is currently accepting only Maryland Civil cases regarding Divorce, Custody, Visitation, Abuse allegations, and Guardianship.

Attny. Matney's education includes a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Psychology, which she obtained before her Juris Doctor degree.   In college she was given a special recognition pin by the professor for receiving the highest grade in her Social Psychology class.   Attny Matney received an American Jurisprudence Award for receiving the highest grade in her Family Law class in law school.

Attny. Matney's interests include Ba Gua, and other activities that promote heath, flexibility, and maintaining a positive disposition in ways that promote success in all areas of life.

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