Towson Family Law Attorney
Changes to the family structure can bring challenges and sometimes conflict. Divorces, remarriages, adoptions, and changes in child custody impact not only how families live and relate to each other, but these life events also impact important legal rights and responsibilities. Family law is the area of law that governs these facets of life, and Lebovitz Law is a Baltimore County family law firm helping individuals and families throughout Maryland understand and deal with the legal implications of divorce, paternity, domestic violence, and the many other legal areas that touch their lives and alter the family dynamic. Family law attorney Richard Lebovitz and his team are well-versed in conflict avoidance and conflict resolution and can help you reach your goals through mediation, collaborative law, and litigation when necessary to resolve disputes. Learn more about some of the many areas of family law addressed at our firm, and contact our experienced Towson family law attorney today.
To many people, family law is synonymous with divorce. While divorce is not the only topic that family law is concerned with, it is probably the most common. Lebovitz Law guides clients through every step of the divorce process, including limited divorce, absolute divorce, contested divorce and divorce by mutual consent. With over 30 years of family law experience, attorney Richard Lebovitz has handled many different divorce matters, including high-conflict custody disputes and high-asset property disagreements. We’ll make sure your needs are heard and represented in all aspects of the divorce, including child custody, child support, alimony, and the division of marital property. We also represent parties in post-divorce modification requests, including motions to modify child support, terminate alimony, or relocate out of state as a custodial parent.
If paternity was not established when a child was born (if the parents were unmarried at the time), affirmative steps must be taken to officially verify who a child’s father is in the eyes of the law. This is essential for a father to seek custody or visitation, for a mother to get child support, and for many other important reasons. Lebovitz Law is here to answer your questions and guide you through the process of voluntary acknowledgment or seeking or challenging a court order for paternity in the Maryland courts.
Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
Premarital and postmarital agreements are used to settle in advance how issues such as the division of property or the payment of alimony would play out in the event of a future divorce. These agreements can be used to keep separate property separate, protect a spouse’s business interests, provide for children from a previous marriage, ensure a spouse is provided for in case of death of the other spouse, and make sure each party is taken care of and not taken advantage in a later divorce. We welcome the opportunity to assist couples in preparing these documents so that they have a clear understanding of their entire financial situation and expectations for the future. Prenups and postnups can help couples establish their marriage on a firm footing with security and peace of mind.
Maryland has strong laws in place to protect people from abusive acts committed by a family member, household member, current or former dating partner, ex-spouse, or sexual abuser. Abuse means more than just assault or physical violence and includes acts that place a person in fear of harm as well as stalking and other acts. Protective orders can keep an abuser from having any contact with family members and even force them out of the house. Protective orders can address temporary child custody, financial support, and other critical issues as well. Lebovitz Law can help you obtain a protective order that keeps you safe and meets your needs. We also work to resolve issues when protective orders are sought for inappropriate reasons during a divorce or child custody dispute.
Same-Sex Marriage and Adoption
The United States Supreme Court recognized a Constitutional right for same-sex couples to marry in 2015, but recent changes in the makeup of the Court and the rejection of long-established precedents are cause to worry about the stability of this decision. Regardless of what happens at the federal level, same-sex marriage has been officially recognized in Maryland since a statewide referendum was passed in 2013. It’s been a divisive issue, and current law blandly states that “Only a marriage between two individuals who are not otherwise prohibited from marrying is valid in this State.” Lebovitz Law can counsel and represent you on the thorny issues that can arise concerning marriage, divorce, and adoption for same-sex couples.
Courts tend to defer to the decisions made by parents regarding their children, even when the decision restricts or eliminates contact between the children and their grandparents. Parents for the most part have the authority to decide what is in their children’s best interests. On the other hand, grandparents often play a significant role in their grandchildren’s lives and can be a positive influence. If grandparents are being excluded from their grandchildren’s lives, especially in instances after a divorce or the loss of a parent, Maryland law allows grandparents to petition the court for visitation rights. Maryland courts can grant reasonable visitation if the judge finds visitation would be in the best interests of the child. Lebovitz Law represents parents and grandparents to find a workable solution that protects their rights and makes decisions in the best interests of the kids.
Blended families are becoming more common every day. Adopting your spouse’s children solidifies important rights for them to inherit from you, receive dependent benefits through your Social Security or Veteran status, and be placed on your health insurance. The act of adopting also makes great strides in bringing a new family closer together. Adopting a stepchild can be easy or difficult, depending on factors related to the child’s biological father. Lebovitz Law can advise you and guide you through the process to a smooth and successful conclusion.
Child Protective Services
Teachers, doctors, daycare workers, and countless others are obligated to report suspected abuse or neglect. Whether true or not, allegations can quickly result in children being taken from their homes and placed with another family member or in foster care. Towson family law attorney Richard Lebovitz works with families navigating the DHS social services bureaucracy to swiftly reunite families where appropriate or find suitable placement for children where necessary.
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Lebovitz Law is your trusted resource for help with family law matters in Baltimore Country and throughout Maryland. Call our experienced Towson family law attorney today.