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If you are contemplating divorce, or wondering about your options for resolving a family law dispute, browse our video library for general information and answers to some of the family law questions we hear most often.

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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Do I need to hire a priva…
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Do I need to hire a private investigator for my divorce?

Sometimes in a divorce situation it might be a good idea to hire a private investigator to help gather information or develop evidence. A private investigator also can help with counter-measures where spying is suspected,… Read More
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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 can I do to protect against my children being taken to another country by their other parent?

The thought that the other parent might try and take your child or children to live in a foreign country is one of the most frightening in any international divorce situation. The knowledge that the… Read More
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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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What does the court do in a divorce case when one spouse owns a business?

As a general rule, any property acquired during the marriage and in existence at the time of divorce is marital property. That applies to business interests, as well. In many divorce cases, one of the… Read More
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Is Maryland an "equitable distribution" or a "community property" state?

In a community property state, all property is presumed to be jointly owned unless proven otherwise and as a result it is divided equally during a divorce. However, in an equitable distribution state, title of… Read More
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Will it hurt my divorce i…
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Will it hurt my divorce if I am in therapy?

People often ask whether they should delay or pause therapy during their divorce case, mainly out of fear it might be used against them. This fear is usually unfounded Most judges, especially in a family… Read More
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What is the difference between marital and non-marital property?

Marital property is any property that was acquired during the marriage using marital funds in order to acquire it. How something is titled doesn’t determine whether it is marital property. If it is acquired, and… Read More
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Does fault impact the fin…
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Does fault impact the financial aspects of a divorce case?

Divorce is an emotionally charged time, and the emotions are often especially heightened when one or both spouses has engaged in what the law (or the other party) may find to be inappropriate conduct. Most… 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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