Skillful Divorce Lawyer Provides Comprehensive Counsel
Respected firm assists spouses in Maryland and Washington, D.C.
Going through a divorce is often painful, but an effective family lawyer can find solutions that help you complete the process swiftly and successfully. At The Law Office of Michael A. Troy PLLC, we assist parties with every aspect of marriage dissolution, including custody, child support, alimony and property distribution. With more than 20 years of legal experience, attorney Michael A. Troy provides strong advice and advocacy from our firm’s offices in Greenbelt, Maryland and Washington, D.C. From uncontested cases to hard-fought breakups, our top priority is to protect our clients’ interests from start to finish.
Dedicated family law attorney outlines how to file for divorce
When a Maryland couple completely terminates their marriage, it is referred to as an absolute divorce. This is distinguished from a limited divorce where the spouses live apart but remain legally wed and make decisions regarding financial and parenting issues. If you are seeking a divorce in the state or in Washington, D.C., our accomplished family law firm has the information and resources you need to understand each aspect of the process, such as:
- Filing — Washington D.C. is purely a no-fault divorce jurisdiction where a spouse can file if the couple has lived apart for six months, or 12 months if the other spouse objects to ending the marriage. Maryland also offers no-fault divorces based on a 12-month separation or mutual consent. However, traditional fault grounds, such as adultery and desertion, can still be asserted. Based on your circumstances and objectives, our firm will prepare the type of filing that works best.
- Child custody — We approach child custody negotiations in the knowledge that parents likely will need to communicate and cooperate on critical concerns for many years. By learning about what their sons and daughters need to preserve their physical and emotional well-being, our firm pursues favorable arrangements relating to legal authority, residence and visitation.
- Alimony — Whether referred to as alimony or spousal support, payments may go from one party to another while a divorce is pending or after the marriage is terminated. After reviewing the circumstances in your case, we’ll explain how a court might rule on alimony for a spouse who seeks payments while they regain their ability to support themselves financially or who cannot work for a particular reason.
- Property division — Our firm strives to achieve a fair allocation of marital assets and debts in a divorce and we advise on the effect that a marital agreement might have on the outcome. If consensus is not possible, we detail the factors courts employ to carry out equitable distribution.
Each marriage is unique and how long it takes to complete your divorce will depend on numerous things, but we will remain focused on securing a favorable result in a prompt, cost-effective manner.
Effective advocate handles contested and uncontested divorce cases
Should you and your spouse agree on custody, visitation, property division, child support and alimony terms, you can accelerate the divorce process. Mutual consent is a legal ground for absolute divorce in Maryland that allows couples to bypass the 12-month waiting period and to submit a marital settlement agreement that can be incorporated into a dissolution order. In D.C., we also help to create sound agreements along with Consent Answer and Uncontested Praecipe filings that move couples toward a quick, more cost-effective resolution. Even if you think there are no disputes between you and your spouse, it’s wise to seek counsel from an experienced attorney who can ensure that the agreement serves your short- and long-term interests. If gaps between the parties can’t be bridged, we offer honest advice about possible solutions and about how litigation might proceed.
Experienced attorney guides clients through the divorce mediation process
At a time when you’re already facing emotional and financial stress, litigation tends to increase the cost and aggravation. Mediation before a qualified, neutral third party gives spouses the chance to find common ground on divorce terms in a private, relaxed setting. Whether you have sharp differences or believe that you’re close to agreement, this method may be usable to relieve the emotional burden.
Contact a divorce lawyer serving Maryland and Washington, D.C. for a free consultation
Michael A. Troy PLLC represents divorcing spouses at our offices in Greenbelt, Maryland and Washington, D.C. We handle dissolution proceedings as well as related matters including custody and child support disputes. To make an appointment for a free initial consultation, please call 202-655-5512 or contact us online.