Divorce Attorney and Custody 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
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 from Court
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 accepts Divorce, Custody, Visitation, and Child Support cases for ALL Courts in Maryland
she does NOT
charge for Travel-Time to or from Court.
Attorney Matney provides compassionate assistance with individual attention and vigorous advocacy from Attorney Matney personally for husbands and
-- Her cases are not processed by assistants.   Attny. Matney handles all aspects of each case personally as she considers each case
her own personal work of Art from beginning to end.   This is how she lives and knows all details of each case she does and how she
knows what unique facts to present and emphasize in Court for each case.   Doing cases in this holistic and focused way is one of the things that
has enabled her to provide the high quality of advising and representation that she has and to be as successful for fathers as she has been.
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.
To avoid confusion, and to make sure there is no Conflict of Interest,
all appointments are set and confirmed via e-mail only.
Click or press HERE to request an appointment with Attorney Laura Matney.
She does NOT charge for Travel-Time to or from Court.
Attorney Matney offers full representation in Court, assistance with Settlement,
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
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
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 Success***
Attorney Laura Matney has also acheived favorable results for Appellate cases and cases involving Immigration, Bankruptcy, and Criminal Defense.
Attorney at Law
2275 Research 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 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 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.
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
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.
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.
State and Federal Divorce Law Directory Center