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Frequently Asked Questions About Family Law in Maryland

Family law concerns are among the most stressful, personal matters you will face in the legal system. No matter what the issue, you will have many questions that need answers as quickly as possible.


What Is Family Law Mediation?


Family law mediation is a dispute resolution process that can lead to fast, effective family law settlements outside of court. The dispute does not necessarily have to be part of a divorce, but most often, it is. Mediation can settle issues involving: 

  • Divorce

  • Child custody

  • Support

  • Alimony

  • Property division

Additionally, mediation offers one feature that can be challenging to find in a more traditional route: privacy. Because mediation is agreed on outside of court, the discussion and the specifics do not become part of the public record.


How Much Child Support Will I Receive?


A specific formula determines child support in Maryland. The state maintains a worksheet that can help parties calculate an estimated amount based on: 

  • Expenses related to child care, health care and education

  • How much time the child spends living with each parent

  • The assets available to each parent

  • Court-suggested support levels


Will I Lose Custody of My Children to Their Mother in My Divorce?


In Maryland, the law has no stated preference for mothers or fathers. Sole custody of the children in a divorce is not the norm in Maryland. However, if a parent were to receive sole custody, that parent would have to prove that this arrangement is in the child’s best interests.


Will My Property Be Split 50/50 in My Maryland Divorce?


No. Maryland uses an equitable distribution method when it comes to property division. This division method seeks to give each party in the divorce a “fair share” of the marital estate, not an equal split. What is fair will depend on each couple’s circumstances. However, seeking a legal advocate who can protect your interests can help ensure you will receive your fair share.