Maryland Family Law Attorneys

There is nothing more personal in life than the relationship we have with our families.

Family law is a practice that covers such things as establishing the legal and financial boundaries of a new relationship, resolving disputes among family members or spouses, and ensuring the future and protection of your loved ones.

thienel-luskFamily law is a central part of our practice at Thienel & Lusk, LLC, and many of our clients find that their business and personal interests are inherently joined to those of their family. For example, your pension benefits can sometimes be distributed to certain surviving family members. If you own a business, especially a family business, your interests and assets that relate to that business are also deeply connected to those you love.

For all aspects of family law, Thienel & Lusk will work with you to make sure that your interests and the interests of your loved ones are taken care of. There are a number of considerations that a person must make in regard to their family. We will be with you every step of the way and provide you with experienced legal representation according to your specific needs.

Examples of Family Law Practice

Divorce – While a divorce is not the outcome a couple envision when they marry, it can sometimes be the wisest course of action for both parties, provided that it is done fairly and with the best interests of children in mind. Divorce sometimes includes other legal considerations, such as child custody, division of property, alimony and child support.

Separation. While legal separation differs from divorce in many ways, it can involve many of the same considerations that a couple must take into account.

Prenuptial Agreements. Prenuptial agreements, as well as postnuptial agreements, are not just tools used to determine what should happen if a marriage ends in divorce; they also are used to provide for the interests of loved ones during the marriage and after the marriage in the event the marriage ends by death. Through prenuptial agreements, a couple can demonstrate their level of commitment to one another, creating a strong foundation upon which a relationship can be built.

Child Custody/Child Support. Many considerations must be made when determining the custody of a child. Both parents and the courts will consider the well-being and interests of the child,  and the ability of each parent to provide for the child. Child Support is calculated based on the custody of the children and the income of the parents, and the expenses for the children. An attorney is a vital part of protecting the interests of a parent and their children in any dispute regarding child custody and support.

Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO). QDROs are another important aspect of the separation and divorce process, determining the allocation between former spouses of pension and retirement plans. Pension rights are usually a divorcing couple’s largest or second-largest asset but often are misunderstood because of the highly technical vocabulary and unfamiliar concepts. Technically, QDROs apply only to private pension plans; military and civil service pension plans have similar but unique instruments to divide retirement plans between divorcing spouses (e.g., “COAP” or “RBCO”).

If a specific retirement benefit (such as a survivor benefit) is not addressed in a separation agreement, divorce decree, or QDRO-type instrument, the benefit typically is waived by the non-employee spouse.

Custody Modifications. After initial custody parameters are set, there will often be cause to modify the original order set forth by the family courts. A relocation of one of the parents, changes in the health of a parent or lifestyle changes are just a few examples that might change the court’s decisions on allocation of custody.

Benefits and Survivorship. Family law is also a practice which can sometimes be entwined with estate planning. Determining how your assets will be distributed upon your passing is a key consideration to ensure the wellbeing of your loved ones.

Law Offices in Howard County & Frederick County MD

Legal and financial decisions regarding your family do not occur in a vacuum. In other words, your business, finances and real estate are going to be linked either directly or indirectly to those closest to you. This is why we are proud to offer our clients comprehensive legal services that takes every aspect of your personal and professional life into account. No matter what your particular legal needs might be, our attorneys will be available to help you determine the best course of action for you and your family. Contact Thienel & Lusk, LLC today to learn more about what we can do for you.

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