Silver Spring Divorce Lawyer Pursues Positive Solutions for Clients
Experienced Maryland attorney protects the rights of spouses and their children
Dwelling on the end of a marriage is natural, but it’s important to look forward as well during the divorce process. Skillful legal representation can help you achieve favorable results as you seek to work out issues relating to property division, alimony and the children you share. Sharma Divorce Law in Silver Spring offers strong counsel to divorcing clients throughout the area, including Washington, D.C. I, attorney Tina Sharma, take the time to understand your objectives and then create a strategy designed to attain them. Even if you’re unsure as to whether divorce is the correct option, my firm can offer honest, helpful advice.
Skillful attorney advises clients on custody and property division matters
When spouses terminate their marriage completely, that is called “absolute divorce” under Maryland law. In situations where parties want to live apart and set rules for issues such as child custody and spousal support while remaining legally married, Maryland refers to this as “limited divorce” rather than “legal separation.” However you choose to adjust your relationship, I’ll make sure you have a strong grasp on key matters, such as:
- Grounds — No-fault divorce is available when the parties have lived separately for at least 12 months. It is important to remember that this period must be uninterrupted. Living together or resuming a sexual relationship, even briefly, resets the clock. Traditional fault grounds, including adultery, desertion, cruelty and conviction of a crime, can also be used.
- Uncontested divorces — As the 12-month separation requirement seemed burdensome in many cases, Maryland instituted the mutual consent divorce process a few years ago. In 2018, the program was expanded to include families with children. Under this law, when alimony and property division arrangements are uncontested, spouses can submit an executed marital settlement agreement to the court and terminate their marriage without going through the waiting period.
- Equitable distribution — Deciding how assets and debts that were accumulated during a marriage should be divided is often a complex problem. When parties can’t work things out themselves, the equitable distribution law gives judges free rein to determine what they think is fair. In high-net-worth divorces and other cases, my family law experience helps spouses identify creative, mutually agreeable ways to allocate assets such as stocks, retirement accounts, vehicles and the marital home.
- Child custody, support and visitation — No matter how turbulent a divorce might be, parents of minor children should always focus on what is best for their sons and daughters. I work closely with clients to develop child custody and visitation plans that establish a healthy environment and foster strong bonds with both parents. My firm also handles child support discussions and disputes, including cases involving enforcement of existing orders and requested rate modifications.
After meeting with you to discuss your circumstances and priorities, we will work together on a plan to achieve your objectives in a manner that suits your values.
Beltway-area firm represents individuals during alimony disputes
If you or your spouse will be seeking alimony benefits on a temporary or permanent basis, my firm will help you pursue a favorable outcome. After looking at relevant factors, including the duration of the marriage and the earning potential of each party, I’ll assess whether a petition for spousal support would likely succeed in court. Using that knowledge, I will attempt to negotiate a resolution that is satisfactory to you and your spouse. Should consensus be impossible, my firm will serve as a strong advocate for you before the judge.
Contact a knowledgeable Silver Spring divorce lawyer serving Maryland and Washington, D.C. to schedule a meeting
In Silver Spring, Sharma Divorce Law handles divorce proceedings and related actions on behalf of clients in Maryland and Washington, D.C. Please call 202-329-6556 or contact me online to make an appointment for a consultation at my office.