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Family Law

Family law comprises laws that determine the legal responsibilities between individuals who share a domestic connection created usually by blood or marriage but includes a few others as well.

Most Family law cases are related to the termination of a romantic relationship or marriage. Lawyers can help parties involved with issues concerning division of property, alimony, child custody, visitation, support, annulment or even special rights between same-sex couples.

Family law also seeks to protect individuals against emotional or physical abuse. The definition of what is abuse and what is fair is often interpretive and the skill of your attorney can give you a big advantage in being able to present your view point to the court accurately. In addition experienced attorneys are also helpful in uncovering hidden assets, legal precedents in your favour and other critical facts that help you become aware of your own legal rights and limitations.

Child custody is also an important element of family law and is a highly emotional subject which is best handled by lawyers specializing in child custody in Maryland. Visit a local law firm for consultation as they will be best equipped with detailed knowledge about the updated child custody laws in Maryland.

In addition Family law also covers issues relating to rights of grandparents, gay and LGBT relations, adoption, paternity as well as termination of parental rights

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At Rowena N. Nelson, LLC, we seek to protect and safeguard your rights and interests by making sure that we research and make available all relevant legal information and precedents to help clarify and advise available options. We then help negotiate both in and out of court by contextualizing the legal arguments in your favour for the best possible outcome.  Read More at What A Family Law Attorney Maryland Do Can For You.

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FAQs

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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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