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Child Custody

Child custody, if contested during a divorce, is a horror that no family wants to face. Fortunately, at the law offices of Rowena N. Nelson, LLC, we’ve been able to successfully negotiate custody options that smooth out the process, give both parents fair access to the child/children, and most of all, protect the rights of the child. This is often accomplished by negotiating and working with the opposing attorney, and drafting a custody agreement that both parties can agree to, without the usual rancor that often occurs. As a reputed law firm dealing with child custody Maryland, we have handled hundreds of child custody cases in this manner for our clients. If, however, the other spouse is unreasonable in his/her demands, we are totally prepared to do everything within our power to protect your rights, and those of your child/children.

What does “in the best interest” of the child actually mean?

“In the best interest” of the child is the court criterion used when making custodial decisions. These include a number of elements, which are weighed in making a final ruling. Some of these are:

  • Fitness of the parents
  • Character and reputation of the parents
  • Willingness of each parent to share custody
  • Relationship between the child and each parent
  • Potential disruption of particular custody arrangement upon a child’s social and school life
  • Geographic proximity of parents’ homes
  • Desire of the natural parents for custody and the terms of any agreements between them
  • The likelihood of maintaining natural family relations
  • The preference of a child when the child is of sufficient age and capacity to make rational judgments
  • Opportunities affecting the future life of the child
  • Age, health, and gender of the child
  • Suitability of the homes of the parents and whether a non-custodial parent will have adequate opportunities for visitation
  • Length of time of any separation between a child and natural parent
  • Effect of any prior voluntary abandonment of the child
  • Demands of each parent’s employment
  • Financial status of each parent

With our reputation as one of the top divorce and custody lawyers, we make certain that your petition is presented in the best possible light when your case goes before the court. This may include presenting favorable character testimonials from a number of sources, creating a character profile, and more.

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Child custody has changed over the years

It used to be that in the overwhelming majority of cases, the court awarded the child to the mother. This is no longer true. More and more men are fighting for custody of their children, and in many cases, getting it. Whether you’re a male or a female, you should be aware of this development, and how it might affect your custody case. We will help you to do this.

The best divorce lawyers in Maryland can help you in getting a positive verdict for your child custody case, which is an integral part of any divorce arrangement involving spouses with a kid or kids.

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Since child custody is probably the most important part of any divorce agreement, you need a steady, experienced law firm that has handled hundreds of such cases, and brought them to successful conclusions. We’re here to help, so please give us a call to set up an appointment.

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frequently asked questions

What is Bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy is a “last resort” method that is designed to allow the government to provide debt repayment or settlement to those who are unable to pay money that is owed. There are different types of bankruptcy, and there are rules in which to qualify for this service.

How do I know if I qualify?

Generally, you must be in a situation where you have acquired debt that you can no longer repay due to a change in your financial capabilities. Often, bankruptcy occurs after a major life event such as death, divorce, illness, job loss, or any other hardship.

Is bankruptcy right for me?

It is strongly encouraged to make bankruptcy your last resort. Attempt to make arrangements with your debtors first by contacting each one of them directly and discussing reduced payments or the ability to defer payments for a period of time. Many debtors are willing to negotiate to some level to help those in need.

What is the process for filing bankruptcy?

While it is possible to file for bankruptcy on your own, it is highly recommended to use legal assistance. Find a law firm that specializes in bankruptcy and can help you determine which type of bankruptcy is best for your situation. Then the firm can handle all of the needed paperwork throughout the process to make sure your bankruptcy runs smoothly.

What advice can a bankruptcy attorney give me?

The best bankruptcy attorneys will have an initial conversation with you at no charge. The attorney can provide advice on next steps and your alternatives. If you decide to proceed, you may have to pay a small initial fee to begin the filing process.

How often can a person file for bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy can only be filed once every 6 years.

What must I do before I file my case?

Discuss your situation with a knowledgeable attorney, who will also request for a list of all debts. The list should include the company or individual name, the amount owed, account number, and a phone number.

What is an exempt asset?

Depending on the type of bankruptcy, some of your assets can be exempted. This could include your home, vehicle, or certain personal debts such as child support.

Can I pay some creditors if I want to?

With bankruptcy, it is very important to stick to the terms of your agreement. Discuss any situations with your attorney to determine how best to prioritize payments.

Will filing bankruptcy hurt my credit?

Because bankruptcy often results in debtors losing money, your credit score will be dramatically impacted. A record of your bankruptcy can remain on your credit report for as long as ten years.

Can I choose which type of bankruptcy to file?

How do I choose the right one? Choose a law firm that specializes in bankruptcy to help you determine which choice is best for your particular situation.

What are the main differences between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy?

In a chapter 7 bankruptcy, virtually all of your assets are used to repay the debt, and then the remaining debt is put into structured payments that must be completed within a set period of time, typically 3-5 years. A chapter 13 bankruptcy allows you to retain some of your assets such as home and vehicle and restructured payments are put into place.

Will I be able to keep my property and assets if I file Bankruptcy?

It depends on the type of bankruptcy, but your attorney can help you determine how best to keep the assets you need.

Can I file Bankruptcy on my own?

It is possible but the paperwork and legal process are extremely time-consuming and very complicated. In a vast majority of cases it is much easier to use a skilled attorney.

Are there alternatives to Bankruptcy?

Everyone is always encouraged to use bankruptcy as a last resort. Some people may be able to repay debts simply by living within their means and adhering to a budget. Others may need to negotiate a reduced payment with their debtors. But in some cases, bankruptcy is the only alternative.

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