Baltimore County & Towson Child Custody Lawyer | Court Papers.
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Expertly Prepared Child Custody Papers To File With The Circuit Court for Baltimore County.
The Law Offices of Amar S. Weisman understands that papers filed with the Circuit Court for Baltimore County have multiple purposes; these include requesting streamlining the case, and enabling the Circuit Court Judge and/or Family Law Magistrate to understand what is special about your case.
If your court papers are precise, carefully edited, and filed in a manner calculated to meet deadlines prescribed by the Maryland Rules, then your case will move through the Circuit Court for Baltimore County more efficiently. On a basic level, Amar S. Weisman knows that streamlined and understandable court papers work better than the voluminous ramblings filed by some other family lawyers. In child custody matters, your court filings might include any of the following:
- The properly prepared Complaint for Custody should establish jurisdiction, explain the relationship between the parties, describe what has been and is happening with the minor child/children, and explain what is in the minor child's short-term and long-term best interests in terms of legal custody, physical custody, visitation, child support, health insurance and education. In addition to requesting all appropriate relief available under the Maryland Family Law Article, the Complaint for Custody should also have themes and begin to tell the story of not only the client but also the minor child.
- The Answer to the Complaint is mandatory. The Answer responds to each allegation and raises all relevant affirmative defenses and negative defenses, like collusion and condonation. If the defendant fails to file a proper response, s/he may lose the ability to make certain arguments to the court.If the Defendant resides in Maryland, s/he has thirty (30) days to file an answer. If an answer is not timely filed, the Plaintiff may seek an Order of Default.
- Financial Statements. Depending on what you are asking the court to do, you will have to file either a short-form or long-form financial statement. We help clients complete precise, accurate, and readable financial statements that fully describe the financial circumstances of the client, specify what portion of the household expenses can be attributed to the children, and disclose debts and liabilities. Amar S. Weisman is also skilled at cross-examining the opposing party's financial statements to expose the truth about family finances.
- Discovery materials including interrogatories, requests for the production of documents, and subpoenas seeking information from third-parties, for example:
- Financial information directly banks, credit card companies, and financial advisors.
- The minor child's school and/or the local board of education.
- Mental health records from providers treating the minor child, which may trigger the necessity of a Nagle v. Hooks attorney to waive the privilege.
- Law enforcement records from the Baltimore County Police Department, to the extent they reveal the family dynamic.
- Child care providers, whose information may be necessary to determine the real household routine and assure a proper calculation of Child Support.
- Motion For Emergency Hearing and/or Ex Parte Relief in compliance with the Baltimore County Family Law Differentiated Case Management Plan.
The Appointment of Counsel for the Minor Children in the State of Maryland
Depending on the circumstances, The Law Offices of Amar S. Weisman can file a Motion to Appoint An Attorney For The Minor Child/Children with The Circuit Court for Baltimore County during the course of your child custody matter. Before filing such a request with the clerk, we must decide what kind of attorney needs to be appointed in this particular case:
- Nagle v. Hooks Attorney, who has one purpose: To determine whether the minor child's patient-therapist privilege (Pursuant to MD Code, Courts and Judicial Proceedings § 9-109) should be waived, so that they counselor's records may come into evidence? The law says that "when a minor is too young to personally waive the psychiatrist-patient privilege, the court must appoint a guardian to act, guided by what is in the best interests of the child, and the parents, jointly or severally, may neither agree nor refuse to waive the privilege on the child's behalf."
- Best Interest Attorney ("BIA"), who serves as a general advocate for the best interests of the minor child pursuant to MD Code, Family Law §1-202. Fees for the BIA are usually divided between the parents based on their relative financial needs and financial status. This attorney's duty is to make a recommendation as to what physical custody and legal custody arrangements are in the best interests of the minor child. An attorney may not represent the children and either parent at the same time.
Call (410) 321-4994 to set up a Consultation with Towson Family Lawyer Amar S. Weisman
If you wish to retain an experienced Baltimore County family lawyer to zealously represent you in your divorce and/or custody case, then please call (410) 321-4994 to schedule a consultation at our law firm, located nearThe Circuit Court for Baltimore County, at 1018 Dulaney Valley Road, 2MD Floor,, Towson, Maryland 21204. The purpose of the consultation is to determine whether you and The Law Offices of Amar S. Weisman are a good "match" (not all clients are good fits for all lawyers). If we are a good match and you wish to proceed, then you must pay a retainer and enter a written attorney-client agreement. The typical retainer, $2,500.00, varies based on conflict level and complexity. Attorney time is billed at a rate of $240.00 per hour. Please see the Billing Policies.
Although the Law Offices of Amar S. Weisman will respect your money and fight for you in a cost-efficient manner, we do not offer any pro bono (free) legal services at this time. We do not provide legal advice to telephone callers without there being a real attorney-client relationship. We urge m public to be cautious of accepting advice from attorneys without embers of the public to be cautious about accepting free advice from an attorney who has not accepted the responsibilities (to the client) that attach to the attorney-client relationship.
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