Martine Jean Law Office, LLC                                            
                                                                                                           PO Box 7006
Silver Spring, MD 20907

Family Law

Divorce

Divorce is the ending of a marriage ordered by a court. You must have a legal reason to get a divorce in Maryland.  Because marriage is considered a civil contract between the parties under Maryland law, the complete dissolution of marriage is a divorce. In Maryland, there are two types of divorce: absolute and limited. Limited divorce is sometimes referred to as a legal separation. 

My office takes the time to evaluate your circumstances and provide a comprehensive plan to help you through your divorce case.

Collaborative Law

Typically, collaborative law focuses on providing solutions in the best interests of the children. The collaborative process involves in-depth evaluations by allied professionals to help both parties make informed decisions. It also gives parents access to specialists without their attorneys needing to be present. Expert evaluations can provide neutral input to help both parties determine flexible, well-structured solutions to their complex issues. 

Mental health experts can be consulted to determine child custody arrangement best suited to each child.  Financial experts can evaluate assets to find creative property division allocation that consider the incomes and tax consequences of both parties, as well as child support needs and obligations.

Trial attorney

My extensive legal career has provided me with valuable insights into divorce issues. While I pursue alternative dispute resolutions, I also understand that certain circumstances require litigation and trial. If I feel that taking your case to trial is in your best interest, I will fight to protect your rights.

Pre-nuptial agreements

Prenuptial agreements provide a way for individuals to learn more about their intended spouses' assets or debts before entering into a legal union. Premarital agreements also enable couples to outline their rights and obligations in the event their marriage ends in divorce.  These agreements can be especially useful for individuals entering into marriage with children from previous unions or significant assets.

Seperation agreements/post-nuptial agreement

A separation agreement is a contract that allows you and your spouse to outline specific details in the event you decide to pursue divorce. I have experience reviewing, revising and drafting separation agreements. I advise clients to pursue collaborative methods to help preserve control over the outcome of your legal separation when the parties are in agreement.

Child custody

The best interest of the child is the standard used to determine custody and visitation.  I advise clients to pursue fair and workable parenting plans to help ensure the courts approve the plans and all parties find the plans agreeable. I will help you work out the specifics of your plan, including residential schedules and pick-up/drop-off rules, holidays and vacations, extracurricular activities, transport, etc. 

Child Support

I understand that you can deviate from the guidelines through a negotiated agreement. However, having both parties agree to something does not guarantee your agreement will be approved by the court. I can evaluate your situation from every angle to determine the best course of action.

Child's Best Interest Attorney

"Childs Best Interest Attorney" means a lawyer appointed by a court for the purpose of protecting a child's best interests, without being bound by the child's directives or objectives.  The Child's Best Interest Attorney makes an independent assessment of what is in the child's best interest and advocates for that before the court, even if it requires the disclosure of confidential information.  The best interest attorney should ensure that the chid's position is made a part of the record whether or not different from the position of that the attorney advocates.
As a Montgomery County Maryland approved child best interest attorney, I provide these services to families throughout the State.
 
Property Distribution and Pension/retirement

Property distribution is done on an equitable basis in Maryland. As a former investment advisor representative, I have extensive financial experience to help you through the complexities of asset distribution,
 
Alimony

Alimony is a periodic payment by one former spouse to the other. The purpose of alimony is to provide an opportunity for the recipient spouse to become self-supporting.  If alimony is awarded, it is usually “rehabilitative alimony” for a certain period of time to allow a dependent spouse to become self-supporting.  Martine Jean Law Office will evaluate your circumstances provide sound advice regarding your alimony needs or possible liability.

Modification cases

Alimony and child support may be awarded, extended, or modified based on a material change in circumstances. My office handles modification cases as well as paternity cases.