Family Law

Divorce
At McGann, Del Pino and Hughes, we understand that a divorce is one of the most stressful and financially complex situations that our clients may experience.

Our divorce attorneys help you navigate all aspects of the divorce process, from the initial separation to the judgment of absolute divorce, and all of the negotiation and court mandated steps in between.

There are many potential issues to address during the divorce process, including:

Whether it is possible to reach a negotiated settlement agreement prior to filing for divorce.

Once a party has filed, generally the following relief is available through the Court:

  • Temporary relief, also called pendente lite relief. This includes determining visitation, child support, spousal support, and use and possession of the marital home while divorce proceedings are in process.
  • Permanent relief. This includes child custody, child support, marital property division, spousal support, marital awards, and retirement benefits

If you are interested in reaching settlement, our firm can assist you in negotiating a fair agreement, whether through counsel or through alternative dispute resolution. We take the time to educate our clients regarding all aspects of relevant to their domestic issue, so our clients can make an informed and educated decision about their children, their finances and their future.

We understand that for many clients, reaching a fair settlement agreement is the ultimate goal. If a client is unable or unwilling to reach settlement, the issues involving grounds for divorce, marital property, spousal support, child custody and child support will be tried before the Court. Our attorneys are experienced litigators and can assist you every step of the way, from filing the complaint, to understanding the discovery process, and ultimately preparing for trial.

At McGann, Del Pino and Hughes, we understand that divorce affects all aspects of your life. We work diligently to handle each case with compassion and personalized attention to achieve the best results for our clients. If you are contemplating filing for divorce or are already in the process, make sure you have an experienced, knowledgeable and compassionate divorce lawyer on your side.

Child Custody & Child Support
Protect your most important relationships.  The complex issues surrounding family law can be difficult to understand and tough to navigate on your own. With the help of a knowledgeable family lawyer, you can understand the process and be prepared every step of the way. Our firm works with our clients to resolve even the most complex custody situations, including physical and legal child custody, child support, emergency custody orders and modification of custody orders , while promoting the best interest of the children.

Child Custody
There are two types of custody in Maryland

  • Physical custody, which is the time each parent spends with the child
  • Legal custody, which is the right to make decisions regarding a child’s education, religious upbringing, medical care, and other matters involving the child’s overall welfare.

What is in the best interest of your child? This question will be at the center of your custody case and will ultimately determine the Court’s decision regarding physical and legal custody. In making this determination, the Court will consider several factors involving the parents, their relationship with each other and their relationship with the child.

At McGann, Del Pino and Hughes, our child custody lawyers educate our clients on the Court’s considerations regarding best interest so that our clients understand how the Court will evaluate the information relevant to making this decision. We then advise our clients on steps to take to promote the best interest of the child, and we work with them to negotiate a fair custody agreement or parenting plan.

Many times it is a client’s ultimate goal to reach a custody agreement that promotes a strong relationship between the child and both parents, and we support that initiative. However, if we are unable to reach settlement, we prepare our client for litigation while helping them to continue to act in the best interest of the children.

Child Support
If you are in need of child support, require assistance in taking steps to enforce an existing Child Support Order, or have been served with a complaint for child support, an experienced attorney can help you navigate the process. Failing to pay your child support as ordered may result in serious consequences, including additional fees, a suspension of your driver’s license, and a finding of contempt.

We understand that your rights and obligations regarding child support may be confusing, and we are here to help.

Start working with a law firm that has a history of trusted client relationships.

For an immediate consultation call 301.652.7595 to speak with your dedicated family law attorney.