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Can my child's preference…
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Can my child's preference be considered during a custody case?

There are a number of ways to take children’s preferences into account during contested custody cases. If having a professional, or court-led, custody evaluation performed, the evaluator will usually speak with the child and may… Read More
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What are the differences…
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What are the differences between joint and sole custody?

In Maryland child-custody falls into two categories: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody pertains to a parent’s decision-making authority regarding a child’s health, education, and religious upbringing. Legal custody can be sole or joint.… Read More
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What steps can you take t…
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What steps can you take to preserve your inheritance during divorce?

To be clear, property that has been acquired during the marriage by gift or inheritance from a third party is non-marital property. However, the problem that often occurs is that the non-marital gift or inheritance… Read More
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Can a court order a spous…
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Can a court order a spouse to transfer property to the other at the time of divorce?

A court has the power to order the sale of jointly owned property and divide the proceeds equally. However, if property is titled only in the name of one spouse, then generally a court canNOT… Read More
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What happens if divorcing…
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What happens if divorcing spouses want to keep the same property?

If both spouses want to keep the same property—the marital home, for example—who can keep it depends upon how the property is titled. If the home is titled in one spouse’s name, then only that… Read More
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How do child support guid…
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How do child support guidelines work?

Maryland child support guidelines are formula calculations applied by the court to determine the amount of child support paid between parents when the parents’ combined income is $15,000 or less per month. Note that this… Read More
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Can a prenuptial or post-…
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Can a prenuptial or post-nuptial agreement override normal property division and support rules?

A prenuptial agreement is meant to protect both parties during a marriage and to reduce the need for court involvement or messy legal battles if there is a problem within the marriage. The content of… Read More
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How are valuable, tangibl…
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How are valuable, tangible assets valued during a divorce?

There are several ways to value this type of property. One way is for the parties to agree on the values. This should be the goal and it is certainly the easiest and least expensive… Read More
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How can our assets be div…
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How can our assets be divided fairly during divorce?

Maryland is an equitable—not equal—division state when it comes to dividing marital property between spouses. However absent extraordinary facts, there is generally an equal division of marital property at the time of divorce. That concept… Read More
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How are retirement accoun…
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How are retirement accounts divided during divorce?

There’s a difference between a pension, which is a “defined benefit plan,” and retirement plans such as 401(k)s or Roth IRAs, which are known as “defined contribution plans.” Defined benefit plans are commonly divided on… Read More
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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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