Maryland Divorce Lawyers

When couples in the Elkton, Maryland areas get married they tend to focus on the positive aspects of marriage. Rarely do they consider that the marriage could not work out and that divorce will be the end result. Almost no one chooses to be involved in complex and hurtful divorce or family law battles that span years, and yet it is far from uncommon to hear of a divorce that required two, three or more years to complete. At Downs, Beste & Blackson, LLC , our Elkton divorce lawyers work hard to keep the process moving forward, while vigorously seeking to protect your rights and achieve your goals. Our divorce and family law practice focuses on successfully resolving your family law matters as quickly, painlessly and as cost effectively as possible.

Contact the Elkton divorce lawyers at our office by dialing (410) 398-0313 for a free consultation. We offer flat fee pricing for family law consultations. Proudly serving Cecil County and Kent County, Maryland.

A Complete Family Law Practice

Along with practicing as an Elkton, Maryland divorce lawyer, our founding attorney, John P. Downs, works to negotiate or litigate on your behalf in matters of family law including those related to:

  • Divorce
  • Division of Debt and Property
  • Child Custody
  • Child Visitation
  • Spousal Support/Alimony
  • Modifications/Relocation
  • Guardianships
  • Adoption
  • Business Valuation

Whether you need an Elkton Maryland divorce lawyer to fight vigorously for you and your family in court or you are willing to explore more collaborative processes such as negotiation and even mediation, our office is ready to put our attention to finding the right solutions in your case.

Maryland Divorce Laws

Grounds for divorce: According to Maryland divorce law a couple can file for divorce based on fault, no-fault or at least a 24 month separation period. A fault based divorce may be used in an effort to gain the upper hand in family law proceedings such as child custody, child support or division of marital asset cases.

Residency requirements: Maryland, like other states, has minimum residency requirements that must be met before you can file for divorce. According to Maryland law one spouse must be a Maryland resident for 12 months or 1 year prior to filing.

Property division laws: All states in the country are either equitable distribution states on community property states in terms of dividing marital assets and property. Maryland is an equitable distribution state meaning that each spouse owns the income they generated throughout the course of the marriage. That spouse also has the right to manage any property that’s in his or her name alone. At the time of divorce the spouse whose name is on what property isn’t the only deciding factor. Rather, Maryland law dictates the courts will divide and distribute marital assets and real property in a manner considered fair. It is important to note that will be fair but not exactly equal.

Elkton Divorce Lawyers With a Unique Skill Set

Our Elkton divorce attorneys bring to the table more than 25 years of experience. In addition to that, we also offer something you might not expect. John P. Downs and his partners began their extensive career working in the corporate sector where he worked every day to provide creative solutions to complex issues, while utilizing litigation, negotiation and collaboration skills. The Elkton divorce attorneys have the ability to unlock difficult problems with creative solutions, while working and negotiating effectively in your family law matter.

By staying driven toward results and exploring every opportunity to reach your goals, our office can work to help resolve your case. contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation at one of our convenient locations in Elkton, Havre De Grace, Bel Air, Denton, Easton, Chestertown, Towson, Cecilton, Rising Sun, Perryville, North East, Port Deposit, Chesapeake City, Maryland.