An Elite Team of Annapolis-based Divorce Attorneys for Complex Family Law Concerns
Proudly serving clients in Anne Arundel County and throughout Maryland
A couple who chooses to dissolve their marriage faces important decisions about how to proceed, and about what their futures hold. The boutique family law firm of Peters & Clark, P.A. provides comprehensive support and counsel for clients confronting those decisions, and does so with the best interests and goals of those clients in mind. The firm’s team approach to the law ensures that individuals not only have the answers they need, but also benefit from the collective 75 years of experience of the attorneys.
Based in Annapolis, and serving the surrounding areas, the firm has earned a reputation for providing the highest quality care, customized to clients’ individual needs. Each attorney has the skills, experiences and resources necessary to build a case that represents your interests, and prove to the court that your goals are aligned with the best interests of your children.
Steps to getting divorced in Annapolis, MD
Making the decision to end your marriage is rarely an easy one. Aside from the emotional challenges that come with making one life into two, there are often an unanticipated number of struggles you may face that are both time-consuming and frustrating.
To that end, there are a few steps you can take on your own when it comes to getting divorced, which will ultimately help your attorney provide even better representation. They include:
- Gathering all of your financial documentation in one place
- Changing all of your passwords for your social media and email accounts, and changing your privacy settings. Do not remove any posts, or delete any texts; that information could be subpoenaed at a later date.
- Determining who will move out, if you plan to file for a “no-fault” divorce
- Opening up new credits cards and bank accounts in your own name
For everything else, you will want to work with an Annapolis divorce attorney.
How Do I File for Divorce?
Now that you have selected the right divorce attorney, it is time to get the process started. To find out how to file for divorce, please watch the following video:
Contested divorce vs. uncontested divorce
Divorce generally falls under one of two categories: contested or uncontested. In a contested divorce, the two parties cannot come to an agreement about one or more factors affecting their divorce, such as child custody or the division of the assets. In an uncontested divorce, both parties come to a mutual agreement as to a resolution of the pending issues in their divorce. It is worth noting that some things may change, if your divorce is uncontested, in order for the final outcome to satisfy the requirements of the law.
What are the grounds for filing for a divorce in Maryland?
If you are filing for a contested divorce, the chances are good that your complaint will list one of the six “fault” grounds under Maryland law:
- Conviction of a criminal charge
- Excessively vicious conduct
If you and your spouse wish to file for a no-fault divorce, you will need to separate for at least 12 months. However, Maryland does offer an additional no-fault option for couples without minor children, who can submit a written agreement which resolves issues like spousal support and property division. The “mutual consent” grounds for divorce only applies to couples who fit all of the requirements, and waives the 12-month waiting period.
Divorce services offered
The firm offers a wide array of customized legal services for same-sex and traditional marriage clients. Whether you are currently contemplating a divorce or have already started the process, the firm can assist with:
The firm also assists parents with child support and child custody needs, as well as access arrangements.
Skilled representation for military families
Maryland is home to a number of military bases, as well as the prestigious Annapolis Naval Academy. As such, Peters & Clark, P.A. has made it a mission of the firm to offer comprehensive counsel to military families, both active and retired. Servicemembers who wish to divorce face unique challenges when it comes to custody and relocation, the division of military retired pay and military benefits such as TRICARE and commissary privileges.
The benefits of working with an elite Annapolis family law firm
The firm has earned its reputation as one of the premier family law firms in Maryland. The attorneys’ diverse backgrounds allow for creative and pro-active strategies designed with each clients’ individual needs in mind. Each member of this team has been recognized for her individual contributions to the practice of family law by objective ratings services and by local and national volunteer and charity organizations. Their work in the Maryland General Assembly as well as their experiences with Fortune 500 companies allow them to look at each client’s case from multiple perspectives, allowing them to craft solutions that work for their clients.
Protecting the best interest of clients seeking a divorce
Peters & Clark, P.A. handles all manner of divorce issues for clients residing in Maryland. The attorneys’ substantial experience and diverse skill sets give clients an advantage during negotiations or litigation. Contact the firm online or call 410-921-2422 to reserve a consultation time. The firm is proud to serve clients in Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Bowie, Centreville, Easton, Mitchellville, St. Michael’s. Upper Marlboro and the surrounding areas.