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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.

Types of Child Custody in Maryland and D.C.

What Are the Types of Child Custody? 

If you are divorcing with minor children, or have never been married to your child’s other parent, child custody is probably on your mind. But what does it mean when we talk about child custody, and what are the types of child… Read More
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Categories: Child Custody
default divorce timeline

How Long Will a Divorce Take?

Some people realize suddenly, in a blinding moment of clarity, that they need a divorce. Most people come to the realization more slowly, often after doing everything possible to make the marriage work. Still others are blindsided when their spouse announces the… Read More
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Categories: Divorce
divorce papers

What Do I Do if I’m Served With Divorce Papers in Maryland or DC?

Few things are more unnerving than being served with a lawsuit — especially when that lawsuit is a divorce initiated by your spouse. The moment the papers are placed into your hand, and you realize what these papers are, you may have… Read More
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Categories: Divorce
hiding assets during divorce

What to Do if Your Spouse is Hiding Assets in Divorce

Most people know that the court divides marital assets in a divorce, but they often don’t consider what that actually means. Simply put, a court can only divide what is presented before it. If one spouse successfully hides assets from discovery during… Read More
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Categories: Divorce
signs of domestic violence in marriage

Signs of Domestic Violence in Marriage

When people think of domestic violence within a marriage or interpersonal relationship, they tend to have a fairly specific image in mind. That image is often of a younger man, poorly educated and perhaps low-income, physically assaulting a woman. That is certainly… Read More
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Categories: Divorce
Maryland mental health

Maryland’s New Law Allows 12-Year-Old Children to Consent to Mental Health Treatment

Maryland mental health laws, until recently, made parents responsible for the care and support of their children, including making decisions regarding their health care. In most cases, that responsibility continues until a child becomes a legal adult at eighteen (or until a… Read More
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Categories: Child Custody
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

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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…”
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“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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