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Providing vigorous advocacy by a Fathers' Rights Attorney
who is on your side!

Maryland Family Law is all we do and we do it well!
Focusing on Fathers' Rights in Maryland

Attny. Matney has obtained Sole and Joint Physical Custody
for Fathers
many times in Courts around the state of Maryland!


***Past success is no guarantee whatever of future success***





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Attorney Matney has obtained Joint Legal Custody, and Joint Physical Custody with 50-50 time sharing (i.e., equal authority/equal access), for Fathers many times in Family Law Courts around the State of Maryland.   She has also achieved Settlement for Joint Legal and Joint Physical Custody with Equal Time Sharing for Fathers many times.


Attny Matney has also obtained Sole Legal and Sole Physical Custody for Fathers at the Trial level, at the Appellate level, by Emergency Hearing, and also by Settlement.


                ***Past success is no guarantee whatever of future success***


Recent published case regarding Constitutional Rights and Family Law where Attny Matney obtained an Order for Sole Legal and Sole Physical Custody for the Father wherein the Court refined and clarified part of Maryland Child Custody Law in response to her argument:   McDermott v. Dougherty,   385   Md.   320   (2005).
*The McDermott case was recently upheld and expanded to also cover Maryland Visitation Law on 1/12/07 in the case of Koshko v. Haining.


The Matney Law Firm accepts cases involving Maryland Divorce, Custody, and/or Abuse claims only.   We serve all of central and western Maryland and some parts of eastern, northern, and southern Maryland. (see Locations and listing of counties we serve below).   We do not charge for travel-time to or from court hearings.


Consultations are by appointment only
and can be by phone or in person


The laws referenced on this site are to be used as general background information only and should not be used to replace actual legal advice from an experienced Family Law Attorney.


Maryland Family Law is drawn from the sources of the Maryland Code, Maryland Court Rules, and Maryland Case Law.   Individual laws regarding Custody, Visitation, Child Support, Alimony, and Divorce cannot be fully comprehended without understanding how they interact with each other and within the elaborate Maryland Family Law Court system, and trying to interpret individual laws without understanding this could decrease the chance of achieving an outcome favorable to you in your case.


The actions you take and/or the Agreements you make, if any, during the initial stages of your case and in the Maryland Family Court early procedures before Trial could have a significant impact on your ability to achieve a favorable outcome in your case.


It is in your best interest to consult an Attorney with recent and frequent experience in the Maryland Family Law Courts to get specific legal advice regarding your individual case or situation before making any Agreements or filing anything regarding a Maryland Divorce, Custody, or Domestic Violence/Abuse case.


If you would like to have a consultation with Attny Matney, the first thing we need you to do is fill out our Appointment Request E-Mail Form below.   This will enable us to make sure there is no Conflict of Interest and that the Attorney could possibly be available on the date(s) you may need in the court you need, and that the type of work you need done is something the Attorney does.


For example, while we will accept Custody cases involving children who were adopted, we do not do actual Adoption work.   Filling out the e-mail form enables us to quickly help you avoid losing valuable time finding an Attorney if we are not going to be able to possibly help you, and will enable us to help you faster if we are going to be able to help you.


If there seems to be no Conflict regarding names, dates, and/or subject matter, you will be invited to reserve an appointment with Attny. Matney for an initial consultation.   The cost of an initial consultation with Attny. Matney would be the hourly rate of $275.00 an hour for all time spent talking to her for your initial consultation, payable by MasterCard or Visa.

Filling out our form is no guarantee of the Attorney being able to discuss your case with you or of case acceptance.

The average Initial consultation usually takes about an hour.   --It usually takes about an hour for the Attorney to get the basic information from you and give you her advice.

If you want to then hash over the details or different possible scenarios, that would usually take over an hour.   Appointments are set in one-hour increments.   There is no guarantee that the Attorney would be able to talk to you for any longer than that one hour at that time.   If the Attorney does have the extra time that day (which is not guaranteed), and if you want to go past the first hour, she would be glad to do so, but then your consult would cost over $275.00 and your credit card would be charged for that time.   All billing after the first hour is done at the $275.00 an hour consultation rate in 5-minute increments.

                                                           
Appointment Request E-mail Form






To avoid confusion regarding dates, times, and location, all appointments are set and confirmed via e-mail only.


If you would like to speak to the Attorney, please click on the Appointment Request E-mail Form link to begin the process of setting your appointment.


Consultations can be by phone or in person, but are by prior appointment only


The Matney Law Firm is based in Rockville, Maryland, but we do accept Divorce and Custody cases in many different areas around the State of Maryland.   Maryland Family Law is all we do and we do it in many different counties around the State of Maryland.   We have won for Fathers many times in courts around the State of Maryland.   *Past success is no guarantee of future success.   We do not charge for travel-time to/from court hearings or depositions.

Matney Law Firm, LLC
2275 Research Blvd., Suite 500
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 279-7200



The law stated on this web site is for general information only, could change without notice at any time, and is not to be used to replace legal advice.   Reading the information on this site and/or sending us an e-mail or fax does not create an Attorney-Client relationship.   Family Law varies greatly from state to state and the information on this web site is in regard to Maryland Family Law only.



Some Main Points of Maryland Family Law


Today's Maryland Family Law Law (i.e., Child Support, Custody, Visitation, and Divorce Law) is very different than it used to be and is different than many people think.


Maryland law no longer allows Family Law judges to favor the mother over the father, as favoring either parent based solely on sex has been held to be sexual discrimination in Maryland.

Maryland Child Support Law is based on a formula which is based on the factors of how many overnights the child spends with each parent, the average monthly income of each parent (or possibly how much either of them could make if either one is "voluntarily underemploying" "or voluntarily impoverishing" himself or herself), daycare expenses, medical expenses, and some other factors.


Maryland Divorce, Child Support, and Custody laws apply to mothers as well as to fathers.


Maryland Abuse laws and protections apply equally to both sexes.


Maryland Family Law is drawn from the sources of the Maryland Code, Maryland Court Rules, and Maryland Case Law.   Individual laws regarding Custody, Visitation, Child Support, Alimony, and Divorce cannot be fully comprehended without understanding how they interact with each other and within the elaborate Maryland Family Law Court system, and trying to interpret individual laws without understanding this could decrease the chance of achieving an outcome favorable to you in your case.


While there are specific factors the Maryland Courts must consider when deciding Custody cases, these various factors are not assigned any particular weight or priority, and there are no specific formulas for determining the schedule the child will have with the parents.   The status of custody and the particular visitation schedule of the child is decided based on what is "in the best interest of the child," which is up for argument based on the individual circumstances involved in each case.


There are no specific formulas in Maryland for determining Alimony or Monetary Award in Maryland Divorce Law.   While there are certain factors the Courts must consider when deciding alimony and monetary award cases, like the factors listed for determining Custody, they are not assigned any particular weight or priority.   These matters of Alimony and Monetary Award in Divorce are determined based on what the Maryland Courts find to be "equitable," considering the circumstances of the parties and the unique factors involved in each case.


Another issue to be considered in Divorce cases is "use and possession."   In a Limited Divorce or an Absolute Divorce, Maryland Courts may award immediate exclusive "use and possession" of the "family home" and "family use personal property," such as automobiles, furniture, family leisure equipment, etc., to either spouse, and this can be ordered to last for up to three years." See our page on "Use and Possession" for details.


Maryland Family Law Court procedure is continually evolving to manage the increasing volume of Family Law cases.   The procedures involved in the Maryland Family Law Court system are very different from Maryland general Civil Courts, Maryland Criminal Courts, and the Federal Courts.


It is in your best interest to consult an Attorney with recent and frequent experience in the Maryland Family Law Courts to get specific legal advice regarding your individual case or situation before making any agreements or filing anything regarding a Maryland Divorce, Custody, or Domestic Violence/Abuse case.


The actions you take and/or the Agreements you make, if any, during the initial stages of your Maryland Custody case and in the Maryland Family Court early procedures before Trial, could have a significant impact on your ability to acheive a favorable outcome in your Maryland Family Law case.




Case acceptance
and counties we serve

The Matney Law Firm accepts cases regarding Maryland Custody, Divorce, and/or Abuse claims only.


As spouses and parents do not always remain in the same county after they separate in this highly mobile area, we accept cases throughout much of Maryland to accommodate our Clients' needs.   We do not charge for travel-time to or from Court hearings.


We accept Maryland Family Law cases only.   We accept cases that will be in Courts in the following counties in Maryland:

Montgomery County, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, Garrett, Carroll, Anne Arundel County, Queen Anne's, Prince George's, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's, Worcester, Howard, Baltimore City, and Baltimore County


The Maryland Courts of Appeal are in Annapolis.   We accept cases appealing Maryland Child Custody cases from any of the county Courts in Maryland.

We do not accept Adoption cases.   We will accept Custody and Visitation cases involving children that were adopted, but we do not do actual Adoption work.


We do not charge for travel-time to or from court hearings or depositions



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