Our Approach to Separating Happily
As an Owings Mills divorce lawyer, Okun/Billian PA has years of experience helping people through a challenging and stressful part of their lives. You probably know friends or relatives who went through a divorce, but it’s different when you are the one in the middle of the divorce procedures. Only then do you realize how complicated this is and why having a trusted Maryland divorce attorney is important. Okun/Billian PA helps clients throughout Maryland with support, advice and our expert legal knowledge when it comes to divorce. Among other locations, we serve Carroll County, Baltimore County, Howard County, Anne Arundel including the cities of Owings Mills, Reisterstown, Westminster, Ellicott City, Columbia, Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Baltimore City and Catonsville.
Your Family is Our Number One Priority
At Okun/Billian PA, we are divorce lawyers committed to helping you throughout the divorce process, making it as smooth and stress-free as possible. And not only for you, but for your spouse as well, because open confrontation in divorce matters never did anyone any good. We achieve this by being honest, supportive and respectful to all parties, as well as with our expert knowledge of the Maryland family law. We’ve handled so many divorce cases and had so many satisfied clients, we even wrote a book about it—Happily Separating—give it a read!
What to Expect During a Divorce
Another benefit of working with Okun-Billian as your divorce attorneys in Maryland is that you always know what to expect. All of the “what ifs” are addressed through planning and you get a peace of mind knowing and understanding every step of the process thanks to your lawyer’s guidance. If this is your first divorce, here are a few facts to help you understand how it traditionally unfolds in Maryland:
- Grounds for divorce are determined, whether it’s someone’s fault or mutual decision (no-fault divorce).
- A Complaint for Divorce is filed by one spouse and served to another.
- The plaintiff has 30 days to respond to the complaint whether confirming or denying it.
- Whatever ground was selected for divorce will have to be documented and proven by the filing spouse.
- A separation agreement is drafted to establish how property division of mutual assets and responsibilities will be handled.
- If spouses can’t reach the agreement through mediation, the divorce will move to a divorce hearing.
Of course, this is an over-simplified version, but it gives you an idea of how many gears have to turn in order for the divorce to happen. What if your spouse doesn’t want the divorce and ignores your complaint? What happens to your mutual insurance policies and retirement funds? There are many questions on your mind, but none an experienced Maryland divorce lawyer can’t answer.
What if it’s a Mutual Decision?
Even if you and your spouse mutually decided that the marriage is over, divorce might not be as straightforward as you think. Maryland doesn’t recognize “irreconcilable differences” as a no-fault ground for divorce, you will have to go through a 12-month separation if you want to file on no-fault grounds. This can be a big inconvenience and a financial burden for both spouses despite your desire to split up peacefully. If this is the case, get in touch with us to see if we can suggest any other options.
Why Choose Us as Your Maryland Divorce Lawyer?
It does matter which lawyer you choose to represent you in a Maryland divorce trial. The last thing you want is a lawyer who is overly aggressive, judgmental, unresponsive or disrespectful toward you or your spouse. At Okun/Billian PA, our Owings Mills divorce lawyers are always understanding and ready to answer your questions.
We support marriage equality and represent clients in all areas of same-sex family law issues, including the dissolution of relationships between same-sex couples, such as marriages, domestic partnerships, or civil unions.
Contact Okun-Billian, PA for a free 30-minute consultation to get answers to all and any of your concerns and questions regarding divorce.
“I’ve known Harvey for a number of years and refer him without hesitation. Whether it’s a family law case, negligence or workman’s compensation issue, I’m confident Harvey will handle it with impeccable professionalism. Everyone I’ve referred has been consistently happy with the results they’ve obtained.”
-Harry Fox, Esquire