Family Law Overview

Explained by Our Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia Divorce Lawyers

Whether you are contemplating a divorce, negotiating a visitation schedule that works, or are in the midst of a custody battle, facing family law matters can be a daunting and overwhelming task. The experienced family law attorneys at M.C. Thomas & Associates can ensure that you do not have to face it alone. We understand that whenever children are involved, emotions are bound to emerge. Our Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia divorce lawyers will listen intently to your situation and devise a strategy to help you reach your goals.

Common issues that you will face relate to child custody, visitation, child support, paternity testing, father’s rights, interstate issues, and the enforcement and modification of court orders. Many times, it is in your best interest to negotiate a settlement agreement and resolve matters without court intervention. Settlement is often a more cost effective solution, and offers the flexibility for you to reach an agreement that is in your family’s best interest. If resolving matters out of court is not an option, then it will be necessary to initiate legal proceedings to protect your children, and to protect you.

As society has evolved, so has the area of family law, leaving many complex issues for family law professionals to address. No longer is the family limited to just the nuclear family. Today, you have to consider the rising number of blended families, including step and adopted children, and the legal rights that accompany each situation. With the advent of conceptual options, such as In Vitro Fertilization, Artificial Insemination, and general surrogacy, many questions arise such as who retains the legal rights as the biological parent? What are the legal implications of a mother who gestates or carries a child to term, but maintains no genetic link? With cutting edge issues like this, it is necessary to consult with experienced family law attorneys to guide you through this process.

When you are faced with an important life decision regarding a key family relationship, retaining an experienced family law attorney often proves critical to the success of your family law matter. At M.C. Thomas & Associates, the family law and divorce attorneys aggressively advocate for your family and its financial future. We are recognized negotiators and litigators who will fight for you.