Divorce

A Healthier, Smarter Approach To Divorce

Divorce Attorney Frederick, MD

Our divorce lawyer Frederick, MD trusts knows that filing for divorce is often the action that triggers a chain of family law processes, including child custody, child support, spousal support, and name changes, just to name a few. But divorce itself is primarily concerned with property division.

At Peeples Law Group, we are here to guide you through the entire divorce process efficiently and compassionately. Our goal is to help you re-establish yourself as a single person with financial stability and a continued healthy relationship with your children. Our firm’s founding attorney, Brandy A. Peeples, is an experienced divorce mediator and litigator. As such, she has the knowledge, tools, and experience to advocate for you in a way that best meets your needs and goals.

Dividing Assets And Debts In Divorce

Like most states, Maryland uses the equitable distribution model for marital property division. This means that jointly held assets should be divided fairly and equitably between both spouses (which doesn’t always mean a 50-50 split).

Generally speaking, most assets are considered marital assets unless they were obtained by one spouse prior to the marriage or understood as belonging to only one spouse (such as a family inheritance or a third-party gift given directly to one spouse). Examples of marital property that may be divided include:

  • The marital residence or profits from the sale of the home
  • Other real estate acquired during the marriage
  • Retirement plans, pensions, and savings accounts
  • Cars and other vehicles
  • Furniture and other household items

In most cases, judges will also equitably divide marital debt between both spouses in the same manner as property.

Not all assets and debts should be judged on face value. Some assets come with large tax implications or changes in value over time, and it is important to anticipate these issues before agreeing to any sort of proposed settlement. When you work with our firm, we will thoroughly review every detail of your divorce agreement to ensure that your settlement is fair and in your best interests.

Contact The Firm For Answers To Your Divorce Questions

From our office in Frederick, Peeples Law Group serves clients throughout Maryland. To schedule your consultation with an experienced family law attorney, call us at 301-494-1300, or fill out our online contact form.

Talk With Us About Mediation!

When you are considering going through the mediation process as you and your spouse get a divorce, it is important that you have a divorce lawyer Frederick, MD relies on from Peeples Law Group. Instead of needing to go to court, it is certainly possible that you can work your differences out through mediation with the help of an attorney by your side. We understand that you want to have a divorce that is as painless as possible and mediation may be the right move for you. To learn more about the mediation process or speak with a member of our team, call our office today.

How does a mediator help through a divorce? 

A mediator can be a great asset when it comes to getting a divorce. A mediator has many tasks and they can help you and your spouse come to a resolution on topics that have been hard to deal with. Some of the things a mediator can do are:

  • Ask questions so that everyone has a clear understanding
  • Insert opinions about what a judge may think regarding certain issues
  • Provide opportunities for finding different solutions to solving problems
  • Ask both parties to restate thoughts or opinions to clarify
  • Can ensure that each party has the opportunity to speak their mind regarding an issue without constant interruptions

How does the mediation process work?

When you speak with your Frederick, Maryland divorce lawyer, they can work with you to get the mediation process going. The first meeting is usually when each party goes over their list of problems regarding the divorce. The mediator will hear both sides and discuss what information needs to be brought to future meetings. After the first meeting, the mediator will discuss ways to come to a compromise regarding the different problems that each party has. If an agreement is made, it is usually a win-win for both parties. If both parties cannot come to an agreement, though, they will need to resolve their problems in court. 

Is there a certain amount of time mediation takes?

There is no required period of time to resolve issues with mediation. Depending on how serious the problems are and whether the parties are able to compromise, the mediation process could go relatively smoothly and quickly. 

Want to learn more about mediation when you are going through a divorce? Call Peeples Law Group to speak with a divorce lawyer in Frederick, Maryland.

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