As everyone knows, a divorce is the legal termination of a marriage. Divorce is almost always emotionally devastating for both parties. It may involve losing a spouse who one still loves or leaving a spouse from whom one has grown apart. It may involve losing the ability to raise children in the way that was planned. Above all, it involves breaking emotional ties and plans that had developed over years or decades. Regardless of the reason, it’s always painful when something to which you have devoted so much time and energy ends.
A divorce can also be financially excruciating. It may require that a person suddenly become self-supporting. It usually requires that parties divide accounts, houses, and other assets. After the divorce is finished, both spouses may feel poorer because they each have a fraction of what they previously had. And in some cases, one spouse may be required to pay alimony.
Maryland has two kinds of divorces. They are:
- Absolute divorce
- Limited divorce
A party that attempts to represent himself or herself in a divorce case is taking a huge risk. That party will likely make a less persuasive case and receive a less favorable outcome than otherwise. After the process is completed, an unrepresented party will likely wonder if a better outcome could have been obtained with an attorney. He or she may later hire an attorney and spend years and substantial attorney fees attempting to undo the damage that was done by failing to have an attorney from the beginning.
Having an experienced attorney from the start is extremely important. Only an attorney has the necessary understanding of the law and the court process. An attorney will guide you through the process, advocate for you at every opportunity, and make a forceful case for you at trial if necessary. When the process ends, you will likely have peace of mind and a much better result.
Patrick is not like other divorce attorneys. Patrick has a boutique legal practice in which he provides high quality service to a small number of clients. His practice is small, and that is how he likes it. He is the only attorney in his office. Having a small practice allows Patrick to provide a highly personalized service in which he gets to know each client and delivers representation that is tailored to achieve that client’s unique goals. He has spent the last 14 years handling divorce cases. He has represented his clients in all stages of their cases, including settlement, trial, and appeal. He is aggressive while also being careful to avoid wasteful efforts and strategies that usually serve only to increase the client’s legal fees. Patrick directs his efforts in a focused and intelligent way on things that are most important to the client and that are calculated to bring results. He invites his clients to participate meaningfully in setting the case direction, he is friendly, and he is responsive.