Finding Resolutions Efficiently And Effectively
Divorce can be a frightening, stressful process. Many people don’t know where to turn for the support and advice they need. There may be decisions to make regarding child custody and child support. With the help of an experienced family law attorney, these decisions and the disputes they can cause can be resolved quickly and successfully.
With Rosalyn W. Otieno, Attorney at Law, you get the strong, aggressive advocacy and excellent client service you need.
Understanding The Divorce Process
The decisions you make during your divorce will impact your life for years. The divorce may include a property division settlement for the distribution of marital property, as well as marital debts. Not all assets — real estate, a house or other property, for instance — can be evenly split. It’s important that you work with a lawyer who understands the financial ramifications of a divorce and can come to an acceptable solution for all parties involved.
Issues of child or spousal support (alimony) and child custody may also be part of the final divorce agreement. We can help you understand your particular financial situation. We will look at both family and monetary needs and then work with you to find a successful asset division and child custody resolution to your divorce process.
Mutual Consent Divorce
In the past, divorce law in Maryland made the process of getting a divorce significantly more complex, lengthy and costly for couples, including those without children. However, recent legislation has made it easier, less expensive, and less time-consuming for couples to obtain a divorce.
Couples can now obtain an Absolute Divorce if separated for six months or more without interruption before a divorce filing, or even if they live under the same roof, but have separate lives, or if the separation is in accordance with a court order. They can also get a divorce if they can demonstrate “irreconcilable differences,” and that ground does not have a time or separation requirement. The old language against cohabitating has been removed from the statute, so it is no longer a bar to divorce. As in the past, both spouses can agree to a Mutual Consent Divorce provided they have a signed Agreement that resolves all the outstanding issues related to divorce, property, and any child-related issues. Some years ago, Maryland expanded Mutual Consent Divorce to include couples with minor children who had resolved all the issues related to their minor children and had a written Agreement. Attorney Rosalyn Otieno can help couples take advantage of the many benefits of this new and more favorable law.
Limited-Scope Representation Available
Until recently, Maryland couples wishing to get a divorce with the aid of an attorney were limited to full legal representation, meaning the attorney was required to represent clients in all aspects of their divorce cases. This could be quite expensive for clients, as it often required a large retainer.
With recent rule changes, however, Maryland family law attorneys may now offer limited-scope representation. This allows clients to limit the scope of their legal representation to suit their needs, which can be a more affordable option for many clients. For example, a client may wish to limit the involvement of an attorney to drafting and reviewing the documents to be filed with the court. Attorney Rosalyn Otieno can evaluate your case and determine whether limited-scope representation would be right for your unique situation.
Getting What You Need
The first thing you likely need is answers to basic questions. We can provide those answers. We can help you understand what is coming so you can move forward with confidence. At our firm, clients come first. We are accessible and remain dedicated to serving our clients’ best interests every step of the way. We communicate with our clients regularly and keep them updated regarding the progress in their case.
Rosalyn Otieno has over 30 years of legal experience and has tried many family law cases. While many divorce matters can be resolved outside the courtroom, it is important to have an attorney who can be aggressive on your behalf. We are prepared to go to court for our clients.