Howard County Family Lawyer
Family law can be incredibly complex and emotionally taxing. Our Howard County family lawyer is here to help. Mr. Coover handles a variety of cases, from divorce to guardianship. Regardless of the situation you’re in, trust Coover Law Firm to fully represent your interests and values.
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Our family law practice areas include:
A divorce could be settled in a matter of weeks, or it could take many months to work out all the details. Whether your divorce is simple or complex, it’s crucial you have an experienced Howard County divorce attorney representing you through the entire process.
In Maryland, you may be granted an absolute or a limited divorce. Certain conditions must be met for either scenario. For an “immediate” absolute divorce, you must have no fault-based grounds. Otherwise, you must separate for one to two years for a full divorce to be granted. During that separation, a limited divorce may be granted.
If the question of a child’s parentage is unsettled, the issue may require a paternity proceeding. A child’s father has a legal right to participate in custody and visitation where applicable, and a legal obligation to financially support his children.
Children can also benefit from knowing their legal father in many ways, including knowing their medical history and securing the right to inherit or obtain certain government benefits, such as social security or veteran’s benefits.
Genetic testing is only one way in which parentage may be determined. As a family law litigation firm, Mr. Coover represents parties seeking to establish or challenge paternity and resolve related matters.
Child custody can easily become one of the most bitter aspects of a divorce and legal separation. In general, custody can be divided into legal and physical custody, as well as sole and joint custody. The parent with legal custody determines where the child will go to school, their doctor, their religious affiliation, etc. Physical custody indicates where the child will live.
A parent may have sole physical or legal custody, or one or both aspects may be shared with joint custody. The court will decide on custody matters based on the best interest of the child. If sole physical custody is awarded, visitation will also need to be addressed by the court.