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District of Columbia Family Law

The attorneys of Strickler, Platnick & Hatfield have decades of experience representing residents of the District of Columbia in family law matters including divorce, custody, and support cases. With a reputation for creative and effective advocacy, they are regularly recognized for their skill in family law disputes by such publications as Washingtonian Magazine, Best Lawyers, and Super Lawyers.

Divorce

Marriage is a social, emotional, and financial relationship as well as a legal one. When you divorce, you do more than sever the legal relationship of your marriage; you must untangle those other threads as well so that you can move forward…
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Child Custody

For most parents, issues relating to their children are some of the most difficult to resolve. As a parent, you may be concerned not only about your children’s well-being, but about how the custodial and time-sharing arrangements will affect your relationship with…
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Alimony

Alimony, also called spousal support, is a significant concern for many divorcing couples. If one spouse has been the primary breadwinner, the other spouse may need alimony to manage financially during or after divorce. The higher-earning spouse may be concerned not only…
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Same-Sex Marriage

It wasn’t many years ago that the White House was bathed in rainbow lights to herald the Supreme Court decision making same-sex marriage legal throughout the United States. A marriage between partners of the same sex is now, simply, marriage. But while…
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Equitable Distribution of Marital Property

Divorce does more than sever the legal relationship we call marriage; it also divides the marital property you and your spouse have accumulated. The assets with which you leave your marriage provide you with the financial foundation for building your new life,…
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Child Support

With parenthood comes the responsibility to financially support one’s children. While that support occurs naturally when children live together with both of their parents, the issue of child support becomes more challenging, and often contentious, when parents occupy different households. The end…
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Appeals

While most divorces and family law cases end in a settlement negotiated by the parties, some can be resolved only by trial. Often these cases involve complex issues and parties with diametrically opposed positions. These cases are heard by a judge, whose…
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Testimonials

“Great lawyer to work with. Excellent communicator and listener. Courtroom skills exceptional. Would highly recommend for any family law situation.”
– Divorce Client , ★★★★★ Lawyers.com Review
“I highly recommend Geoff. He and his all-star team assisted me through a difficult and contentious divorce and child custody case. Geoff’s knowledge and personal relationships really assisted in the positive outcome of my case. Geoff was efficient throughout the…”
– Family Law Client , ★★★★★ Avvo Review
“Took a personalized approach to my complex divorce and was available to achieve an outcome beyond my highest expectations.”
– Divorce Client , ★★★★★ Lawyers.com Review
“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…”
– Divorce Client , ★★★★★ Avvo Review
“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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