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Look through our articles section for insights into the legal process, dispute resolution options, developments in family law, and practical guidance about preparing for divorce or a family law dispute.

getting a divorce

Questions to Ask Before Getting a Divorce

There is an old saying about rushing into marriage: “Marry in haste, repent at leisure.” In essence, if you rush into a marriage, you’ll have plenty of time afterward to regret it. There’s no analogous saying about getting a divorce, but there… Read More
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Categories: Divorce
child custody

Modifying an Existing Child Custody Order: Maryland vs. D.C.

Before we can discuss how to change a child custody order, it is important to understand what a custody order is–and what it is not. Child custody matters can be resolved by agreement of the parents rather than at a trial, but… Read More
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Categories: Child Custody
adultery

Proving Adultery in a Maryland Divorce

Few things are more damaging to a marriage than finding out that your spouse has been unfaithful. Learning that your spouse may have committed adultery can lead to a whirlwind of emotions: rage, grief, confusion, doubt, fear and even a fierce desire… Read More
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Categories: Divorce
best interest attorney

What is a Best Interest Attorney, and What are Their Responsibilities?

Almost all parents desire to have what is best for their child. Even parents within intact families can disagree about what is in their child’s best interests. Add into the mix the complexity of a divorce or custody dispute. and the process… Read More
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Categories: Child Custody
grounds for divorce

Grounds for Divorce in Maryland

Every lawsuit needs a legal basis. Divorce is no different; the legal basis for filing a divorce is commonly called “grounds for divorce.” Another good way to think of “grounds for divorce” is as a good enough legal reason for a court… Read More
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Categories: Divorce
Preparing for Divorce

Preparing for Divorce

How to Prepare for Divorce No one goes into marriage intending to divorce, yet many people find themselves facing a divorce. Perhaps you tried as long as you could to make things work, until divorce seemed like the only option left. Maybe… Read More
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Categories: Divorce
Discovery in Family Law C…

Discovery in Family Law Cases

Family Law Discovery In court procedure, including litigated family law cases, “discovery” has a specific meaning. Discovery is the process by which parties to a lawsuit, such as a divorce, request and exchange information to help them prepare for negotiations and for… Read More
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Categories: Legal Process
Social Media and Your Div…

Social Media and Your Divorce

Strickler, Platnick & Hatfield is known as “the modern family law firm.” We could hardly claim this title if we did not devote some attention to the way modern families communicate: electronically. When we talk about electronic communication, we mean things like… Read More
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Categories: Divorce
Legal Options to End a Ma…

Legal Options to End a Marriage

Divorce Process Options Just as no two marriages are alike, no two divorces are the same. While the same laws may apply, the facts of every case are different, and so are the personalities, relationship history, and goals of the two parties.… Read More
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Categories: Divorce, Legal Process

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“Strategic and Pragmatic. Geoff has seen plenty of situations and how they play out. Geoff has an expert understanding of the process. Geoff does a great job of communication and letting you know what’s going on by including you in…”
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“One of the most dedicated, fair, competent, patient attorneys I have had the pleasure of dealing with. He has helped myself and many others through some difficult times. He is a very good listener and can direct you in the…”
– Divorce Client , ★★★★★ Lawyers.com Review
“Excellent at simultaneously executing specific tactical aspects of the case while maintaining overall macro view.”
– Family Law Attorney
“I have worked with Geoffrey S. Platnick as an expert witness in several cases and find him to be an excellent attorney with a real interest in his clients.”
– Child Custody Expert , ★★★★★ Lawyers.com Review
“Absolutely amazing during a very difficult time.”
– Divorce Client , ★★★★★ Lawyers.com Review
“He is a brilliant lawyer, a fantastic strategist, willing to resolve cases through mediation but kick butt in court if that is required, and in the final analysis, effective in achieving his clients’ goals. One of the really great ones.…”
– Family Law Client , ★★★★★ Martindale-Hubbell Review
“A very empathetic and diligent person and attorney. His tact in suggesting acceptable solutions to emotionally charged situations and sensitivity to child issues that can easily get neglected in the egoic fracases in such cases is truly exemplary. I am,…”
– Family Law Client , ★★★★★ Martindale-Hubbell Review

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