ProActive Fathers' Rights Custody Attorney and Divorce Lawyer with much
Successful experience in |
A T H E R S'
R I G H T
regarding Divorce, Custody, Visitation, and
in Maryland Family Courts
Laura Matney, Attorney at Law
2275 Research Blvd., Suite 500
Rockville, MD 20850
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 with No charge for Travel-Time to or
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
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 Court.
provides compassionate assistance with individual attention
and proactive vigorous advocacy from Attorney Matney personally for
Matney also has extensive experience with Custody cases
involving Grandparents desiring Custody.
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.
To avoid confusion, and to make
sure there is no Conflict of Interest, all appointments are
set and confirmed via e-mail only.
If you are a Father (or are about to become a
Father), and would like to speak with an experienced Fathers'
Rights Attorney who is on your side,
Click or press HERE
to request an appointment with Fathers' Rights Attorney Laura
She does NOT charge for Travel-Time to or from
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:
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
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
Chevy Chase, Potomac,
Germantown, Frederick, Silver Spring, College Park, Olney,
Burtonsville, Ellicott City, Columbia, Clarksville, Baltimore,
Prince Frederick, Waldorf,
Leonardtown, Lexington Park,
Westminster, Severna Park,
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.
If you would like to
set an appointment with Attorney Matney, please click or press
on the Appointment Request link above that is blue.
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 Court.
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.
***Past Success is no guarantee of future
Laura Matney has also acheived favorable results for Appellate
cases and cases involving Immigration, Bankruptcy, and
Attorney at Law
Blvd., Suite 500
Rockville, MD 20850
Attorney Matney does
not charge for Travel-Time to or from Court
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
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
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
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
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
Custody Law Overview
Main Factors Maryland Judges use in determining Custody
Changing a Current Custody Order in Maryland
Grounds for Divorce in Maryland
Residency Requirement for Divorce in Maryland
Property in Maryland
Use and Possession of Marital Property in Maryland
Alimony in Maryland Divorce Law
Legal Assistance with Abuse Claims in Maryland
does NOT charge for Travel-Time to or from
is a very experienced successful Maryland Divorce Attorney and
MD Custody Lawyer who accepts Maryland Family Law cases
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,
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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