Established Baltimore Family Law Firm Protects Clients’ Rights
Experienced attorneys advise on marital and parenting disputes
At Hessey & Hessey, P.A. in Baltimore, our firm has provided knowledgeable counsel and strong advocacy to Maryland family law clients since 1939. Whether you are going through a divorce, seek to establish appropriate child custody terms or have a question about child support, we will explain the relevant law and work with you to pursue a successful resolution that meets your needs and those of your family. Our firm’s highly rated attorneys provide diligent advocacy in every case without ever forgetting the emotional burden that family law clients face.
Knowledgeable advocates provide comprehensive divorce representation
Maryland offers two options for married couples who no longer wish to live together. A limited divorce is what most people usually think of as a “legal separation” where the spouses remain legally married. When the marriage is dissolved, Maryland law refers to it as an “absolute divorce.” In either case, our experienced attorneys can advise you on relevant legal matters including:
- Grounds — Unlike other states that have switched to a completely no-fault divorce system, Maryland still requires that grounds be given to dissolve a marriage. Living separately for at least one year can qualify as grounds along with traditional justifications such as adultery and cruel treatment.
- Property division — When a couple breaks up in Maryland, marital assets and debts are distributed according to the principle of equitable distribution. This does not mean, however, that there will be an even split. Courts look at numerous factors such as the duration of the marriage and each party’s economic situation to reach what they believe is a fair resolution.
- Alimony — Our attorneys can explain the three types of alimony that a spouse might be eligible for if they lack the ability to support themselves financially. In many cases, the maintenance will only be granted for a limited period to give the recipient time to establish or regain their earning ability.
Each divorce is unique, and our small-firm environment enables us to create a detailed strategy based on your values and objectives.
Accomplished attorneys help with child custody and visitation issues
Establishing an appropriate custody arrangement should be the top priority when parents of minor children divorce. Our firm advocates for parents who seek an order that truly reflects the best interests of their son or daughter. Whenever possible, courts favor resolutions that maintain strong contact between the child and both parents. Judges can look at a wide range of factors when determining how legal and physical custody should be apportioned. In many cases, authority can be shared. We can also help draft and negotiate comprehensive visitation agreements so that arguments over where the child should be at a given time are averted.
Legal advisers assist with settlement agreements and collaborative divorce
Divorce is difficult enough without devoting undue time and expense to needless litigation. Our firm works diligently to help divorcing spouses reach consensus through negotiation or the collaborative divorce process. Even when a breakup is not friendly, each side can often see the mutual benefit that exists when parties execute a marital settlement agreement rather than leaving decisions up to a judge. Another option is collaborative divorce where spouses freely share information, retain experts where necessary, and work together to resolve issues such as custody, property division and alimony.
Contact a dedicated Maryland family lawyer
Hessey & Hessey, P.A. assists clients throughout the Baltimore area, in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford and Howard counties, in a full range of family legal matters. Please call 443-564-4049 or contact us online to schedule an appointment at our office in Baltimore’s Canton neighborhood.