DIVORCE & FAMILY LAW

I work in the following areas of divorce, marriage, and related issues
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  •      Adoption

  •      Alimony:

  •             - Pendente Lite alimony (temporary spousal support)

  •             - Rehabilitative alimony

  •             - Indefinite alimony

  •      Alternative families

  •      Child custody / support / visitation

  •      Collaborative law

  •      Divorce

  •      Domestic violence and protective orders

  •      Marital Property (what it is, and how to divide it)

  •      Marital Settlement Agreements

  •      Mediation

  •      Parenting plans

  •      Pension and other retirement plans:  to divide or not?

  •      Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements

  •      Property division

Divorce is always wrenching, no matter the reason, and no matter how much we may think we want it or feel we are ready for it.  This is all the more so when children are involved.  I try to make the process as calm and mutually respectful as possible by seeking to understand what each party wants and can live with.  This takes a great deal of compassion and comprehension of the feelings and positions of both sides to the divorce.
In your divorce, I can act in one of three roles: 
 
1) As the attorney for one of the spouses, I represent your interests alone, while all the while working toward bringing you and your spouse to an agreement.  I have been able to keep the vast majority of divorce cases I've handled out of court, either by negotiating rationally with your spouse's attorney or taking the case to court (the least preferable choice, in my opinion).
2) I can represent both you and your spouse as your joint mediator.  In this process, I act as a neutral party, and help guide you to a fair and workable solution.  Please see my article on mediation elsewhere on this website to get a better idea of how mediation works.  The three of us sit down to determine what issues are outstanding, and how we can best iron them out to both parties' approval.  
3) I can represent you as part of the process called Collaborative Law.  I have taken the lengthy, intensive training in this relatively new process, which suits some, but not all, situations.  In collaborative law, the attorneys for both spouses sign a written agreement in which they commit to work toward an out-of-court settlement.  If, during the process, that seems impossible or highly unlikely, both lawyers remove themselves from the case, and the divorcing spouses hire different lawyers. 

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