Family law is an area that touches many sensitive and personal
aspects of a client’s life. At The Law Offices of Baldwin & Briscoe,
P.C., we understand the long-term financial and emotional consequences these
kinds of cases can have on families. Throughout our years of trusted,
competent service and representation we have learned to balance the needs of
all parties in a case while pursuing the best resolutions for our own clients.
Below is a listing and basic information of all the areas of
family law we practice.
A prenuptial agreement is a contract that
helps manage the risk of a future marital relationship that comes to an end
through divorce, separation or dissolution of the marriage. A prenuptial
allows you and your partner to decide on issues now such as property ownership, management of financial affairs, spousal support, or any
other area you have mutual interests in now rather than later.
A separation agreement is a voluntary contract
between a husband and wife who choose to live separately. The
agreement can address any of the matters that accompany the end of a marriage,
such as child custody and visitation, alimony, or division of marital property and debt.
Protection and peace orders protect victims of
abuse through the courts. These orders require that an individual
who has committed an abusive act stop any violent or threatening physical
actions, stop any threatening verbal contact, and stay away from a victim’s
home and work. Additionally, these orders can include granting temporary
possession of a family home, child custody, and financial support.
Maryland separates divorce into two categories: limited and
absolute. A limited divorce is a court-ordered separation. In a
limited divorce a judge lacks the authority to divide real property or pensions. In an absolute
divorce the marital relationship is terminated, all property can be divided.
An annulment is the process of declaring a marriage invalid. Maryland law
allows marriages to be voided for a variety of reasons.
and Alimony Modification
During a divorce a judge often
awards alimony when partners in a marriage have unequal incomes.
However, circumstances change. After a divorce is final the court may
still be petitioned to modify alimony settlements in ways that reflect the new
realities of each partner’s financial situation.
Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO’s)
A Qualified Domestic Relations Order is a
court ruling that divides and distributes the benefits of a retirement plan
between separating partners during a divorce. For couples who
shared a long marriage the financial value of a pension plan may outweigh the
value of the house they share; through QDROs, courts divide these
Custody and Visitation
Children are often the unintended
victims of separation and divorce. Through parenting plans, child custody
and visitation are arranged as best as is possible. At The Law Offices of Baldwin &
Briscoe, P.C., we can guide you through the process.
Support and Child Support Modification
Child support is
one of the issues decided during a divorce. Similar to alimony, courts
take the financial resources of both partners into account when awarding child
A court in Maryland will legally change your
name so long as it is not done with intent to commit fraud or escape
debt. At The Law Offices of Baldwin & Briscoe, P.C. we can walk
you through the process step-by-step, ensuring the procedure is committed
There are many kinds of guardianships in Maryland. In any situation where
a person is unable to make their own decisions the court may
appoint a guardian over them. Our firm represents clients involved in all
types of guardianships.
To read more about guardianships, see the following article:
Fiduciary Duty and Guardianships
Caretaking of an Adult Destitute Child
Adoptions in Maryland are made through a comprehensive legal procedure. The Law Offices of Baldwin & Briscoe,
P.C. has served adopters for years by representing them and seeing them
make it through the courts.
After a divorce an ex-spouse may be charged with contempt for failing to make
payments or failure to fulfill promises they made during the divorce. Our
firm will work to ensure swift and fair resolutions of any of your post-divorce
The Law Offices of Baldwin & Briscoe, P.C. also offers these services:
Bankruptcy and Foreclosure, Business Law, Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense, Employment, Disability, and Consumer Rights, Family Law, Government Contracts Law, Intellectual Property, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Social Security Disability & Workers’ Compensation and Wills, Trusts, & Estates