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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.

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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Can the court order paren…
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Can the court order parents to pay for private school?

Every state and the District of Columbia has child support guidelines. Most of those guidelines result in the establishment of what is referred to as “basic” child support. Depending on the jurisdiction, the court often… 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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What will the court do wi…
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What will the court do with a jointly owned house in a divorce?

In many divorce cases, the most valuable asset may be the marital home. Even when the home is not the most valuable item of property from a monetary standpoint, there may be significant emotional attachment… 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 does the court determ…
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How does the court determine whether to award alimony?

Alimony is often one of the most contentious issues in a divorce case, and also one of the most unpredictable. While every jurisdiction has child support guidelines, that is not the case with regard to… 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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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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