Rockville Family Law

Your family is supposed to be your haven from the troubles and difficulties of the outside world. But when there is trouble within your family relationships, it may seem as if you have no place to turn for support.

The Rockville family law attorneys of Strickler, Platnick & Hatfield are here to guide you through the challenges of family law disputes, including divorce, custody, support, equitable distribution of property, and more. We are trial attorneys with decades of experience mediating, negotiating and litigating divorces and other disputes in the Montgomery County courts. While the majority of Rockville divorces do not go to trial, we know that being well-prepared to litigate leads to more favorable settlements.

Dispute Resolution in a Rockville Divorce

If you need to divorce, you probably have some of the same goals as most other people: to protect your children’s well-being; to prevent unnecessary stress for yourself; and to have as many financial resources as possible to help you rebuild your life after divorce.

Beyond those fundamentals, every divorce, like every marriage, is unique. Our Rockville divorce attorneys make it a priority to understand your situation and goals, and to strategize a path to resolution that works best for your particular needs. That might include mediation, negotiation with your attorneys’ support, or Collaborative Divorce.

If none of those options yields a favorable settlement of the issues in your case, your divorce may have to go to trial. Our attorneys are known for their strategic approach to litigation. They will work diligently toward settlement, but if the settlement offered is not in a client’s best interest, they are more than prepared to advocate for the client in court.

Rockville Family Law Issues

Although divorce is perhaps the most common reason to consult a family law attorney, Strickler, Platnick & Hatfield represents Rockville, MD residents in a wide variety of family law issues, including:

  • Child custody, including cases involving custody evaluators, relocation, modification and enforcement of custody and visitation, or international child custody issues
  • Equitable distribution of property, including complex or high net worth divorce matters
  • Alimony/Spousal support, including issues regarding alimony pendente lite, temporary alimony, indefinite alimony, and modification or termination of alimony
  • Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, including drafting, review, and enforcement issues regarding these agreements
  • LGBTQ+ issues in family law, including issues regarding child custody, access, and alimony
  • High-conflict family law disputes. While most parties to a family law dispute want to resolve their issues with as little conflict as possible, some individuals use the family law litigation process to punish their spouse or partner. We are experienced in resolving high-conflict disputes.
  • Domestic violence, whether as a stand-alone issue or as a complicating factor in a divorce or child custody matter.
  • International family law issues, where the laws of more than one country are involved.

The Rockville family law attorneys of Strickler, Platnick & Hatfield dedicate their entire practice to legal issues affecting families and children. They have decades of experience in resolving even the most complex and highly contested cases.

Choosing a Family Law Attorney in Rockville, MD

Your choice of a family law attorney to represent you has a direct bearing on the outcome of your case. This is a very personal area of the law. A divorce or other family law dispute has the potential to affect your future, and that of your children, for years to come. There are a number of things you should take into account when choosing a family law attorney to handle your case.

First, research the Rockville family law firm you are considering. You can learn a lot from personal recommendations or an internet search. What do other clients or attorneys say about them? If your case involves complex issues, do the attorneys you are considering have experience with cases that are similar to yours? If so, schedule an intial consultation and case evaluation.

Next, consider your comfort level with the attorney when you meet them. Do they listen to you, or talk over you? Do they take into account your priorities, or simply tell you what they will do? A good family law attorney formulates a case strategy based on both your needs and their understanding of how the law applies to the facts of your case. Ideally, you will leave an initial consultation with a family law attorney feeling calmer and more informed than when you entered their office.

Last, don’t underestimate the importance of the attorney’s local knowledge. It’s important to work with an attorney who not only knows Maryland family law, but is familiar with the courts and judges in Montgomery County and with other Rockville family law lawyers. Understanding the opposition and decision-makers in your case can have a significant impact on case strategy.

To learn more about family law in Rockville, MD, please contact Strickler, Platnick & Hatfield to schedule a consultation.