At Ferrante & Dill, we are poised to assist you with all of your life cycle family law needs. We will help you understand your rights and set realistic expectations. Our attorneys are sympathetic to the complex dynamics in family relationships; our goal is to provide expert advice while taking into account the long term implications of your case. You’ll feel supported and guided through the entire process at our Southern Maryland law firm.
Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
Prenuptial and Postnuptial agreements are contracts that outline the division of assets-your home, car, valuable collectibles, retirement benefits and more- should a marriage fail. Prenuptial and Postnuptial agreements are not just for the rich and famous. On the contrary, these documents protect you and your assets no matter the size of your bank account. Our attorneys can help you understand the financial and practical impact of these Pre- and Postnuptial agreements and draft contracts that will hold up in court if and when needed.
Here in Maryland, the Court does not mandate that you and your spouse legally separate, so you do not need to file for legal separation. However, should you and your spouse decide to separate prior to divorcing, it is crucial that you protect your rights and lay the groundwork for a smooth divorce. A Settlement Agreement allows you to work through all of the issues related to your separation and impending divorce including custody, visitation, child support, and division of marital property. We prepare these agreements to create stability and predictability during the transition period between marriage and divorce.
When you’ve decided it’s time to end your marriage, we are skilled at guiding you through the emotionally charged and often complex divorce process. We strive to make the divorce process, including division of property, custody, child support, and alimony determination, as simple as possible, but remain primed to aggressively advocate on your behalf throughout the legal process.
Custody, Visitation, and Child Support
At Ferrante & Dill, we recognize that your children are incredibly precious, and deserve to have their best interests looked after. We are here to listen to your concerns, and work to establish custody, visitation, and child support arrangements that meet your children’s needs. Whether you are establishing these arrangements for the first time, or seeking a modification after a change in circumstances, our attorneys will compassionately, but realistically lead you through the process.
If it is important to establish your child’s paternity, the attorneys at Ferrante & Dill have strong relationships and can work in conjunction with agencies throughout Calvert, St. Mary’s and Charles counties to confidentially initiate the parental relationship and move toward accountability.
Whether you’ve decided to build your family through independent adoption, or are faced with terminating parental rights to place a child for adoption, we are poised to help you move forward along the journey.
Protective Orders and Domestic Violence
You don’t have to live in a dangerous situation, or in constant fear of harm at the hands of somebody in your family. We can act quickly, and have significant experience within Calvert, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s and Charles county court systems, to help you seek a Protective Order to give you space, protection, and peace of mind from destructive individuals. Conversely, if you have had a Protective Order filed against you, we can help ensure that you, yourself are protected.
Contempt and Enforcement Actions
Sometimes an initial court order is not enough to enforce your rights. In such cases, we work persistently to use the courts and alternative methods to seek the compensation that you deserve.