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The successful navigation of family-related legal matters requires sensitivity, patience, and a pragmatic approach. The ZM Law Group has 20 years of experience helping clients resolve all types of family law matters. We serve all areas within the State of Maryland, including Owings Mills, Ellicott City, Bel Air, Annapolis and other parts of Baltimore and Maryland. As your Owings Mills Family Law attorney, we approach each case using innovative and proactive problem-solving strategies aimed at successful resolution of family conflict.

We understand that family disputes are often emotionally charged. Therefore, we believe that a calm yet assertive approach yields the best results in negotiations. However, when negotiations are unsuccessful, we have extensive trial experience and will aggressively pursue your parental and financial rights at trial.

No matter the Family Law issues you need help with, ZM Law Group and Zhanna A. Maydanich can help you navigate through it. Serving Owings Mills, Columbia, Annapolis, Westminster, and clients across Maryland, we offer you the support you need during this delicate time. Call (443) 394-3900 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.

What We Do

ZM Law Group sets itself apart by approaching every case with an individualized perspective unique to each client’s needs. Whether you’re looking for an Owings Mills Family Law attorney to handle your divorce, or you need help securing  custody of your child(ren), we work with you every step of the way. Family law litigation is often the most grueling and emotionally charged process within the legal system. Our 20 years of experience in this arena will serve you well at every step of your process.

Hiring a skilled divorce lawyer you can trust or a child custody lawyer you can count on is essential for moving beyond your Divorce into a brighter future.  The financial implications are particular important to future success. ZM Law Group and Zhanna A. Maydanich has specialized experience with handling cases involving unique circumstances such as family owned businesses and small businesses.

Maryland Family Law Services

As your Owings Mills Family Law attorney, we offer a multitude of services that help your family and loved ones address a range of issues that come before the court:

Serving Owings Mills, Columbia, Annapolis, Westminster, and clients across Maryland, we offer you the support you need during this delicate time. Call (443) 394-3900 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of family law?

Family law ensures all litigation involving relationships reaches a fruitful end for everyone. Topics range from divorce to child custody and visitation rights. Adoption, emancipation, and guardianships are also quite common.

What do family courts deal with?

The family court, or family division, concerns itself with Family Law cases and enacting laws regarding the care and familial rights of both parents and children.

What are the grounds for divorce in Maryland?

In Maryland, divorce can be granted based on both fault and no-fault grounds. No-fault grounds include a mutual and voluntary separation without cohabitation for at least 12 months. Fault-based grounds encompass adultery, desertion, cruelty, and excessively vicious conduct. Couples can also pursue divorce on the grounds of living separate and apart without cohabitation for at least two years. Understanding these grounds is crucial for couples navigating the divorce process in Maryland to make informed decisions about the most appropriate legal approach for their situation.

How is property divided during a divorce?

Maryland follows equitable distribution principles in property division during divorce. Marital property, acquired during the marriage, is subject to fair but not necessarily equal distribution between spouses. Non-marital property, including assets owned before marriage, gifts, and inheritances, may be excluded. The court considers factors such as the duration of the marriage, each party’s contributions, and financial circumstances when determining a fair distribution. This approach allows for flexibility, acknowledging the unique aspects of each case and ensuring a just outcome in property division.

What factors does the court consider in child custody decisions?

Child custody decisions in Maryland involve a comprehensive analysis of factors prioritizing the child’s best interests. The court considers the child’s primary caregiver, parental fitness, character, and reputation, among other elements. The child’s wishes are weighed based on their age, and the court evaluates each parent’s ability to nurture relationships. Factors such as evidence of abuse or neglect, physical and emotional stability, and agreements between parents are also considered. Maryland courts prioritize stability and the child’s overall well-being when determining custody arrangements, aiming for decisions that support the child’s healthy development and security.

How does the court determine child support payments?

Maryland calculates child support payments using guidelines that consider each parent’s income, daycare expenses, health insurance costs, and other relevant factors. The court aims to establish an amount that ensures the child’s financial needs are met, maintaining a standard of living similar to that during the marriage. Both parents’ incomes and their financial obligations are assessed to determine a fair contribution. Periodic reviews may be conducted to adjust support payments based on changes in circumstances. Maryland’s child support system emphasizes fairness and the child’s welfare, facilitating a stable financial environment post-divorce.

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Baltimore County:

Arbutus (21227), Catonsville (21228, 21250), Cockeysville (21030, 21031, 21065), Dundalk (21222), Edgemere (21219), Essex (21221), Garrison (21055), Lansdowne (21227), Lochearn (21207), Lutherville (21093), Middle River (21220), Milford Mill (21244), Overlea (21236), Owings Mills (21117), Parkville (21234), Park Heights (21215), Pikesville (21208), Randallstown (21133), Reisterstown (21136), Rosedale (21237), Timonium (21093), Towson (21204), White Marsh (21162), Woodlawn (21207), and more.

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Howard County:

Clarksville (21029), Columbia (21044), Cooksville (21723), Dorsey (21075), Elkridge (21075), Ellicott City (21043), Fulton (20759), Glenelg (21737), Glenwood (21738), Granite (21163), Hanover (21076), Highland (20777), Jessup (20794), Lisbon (21765), Marriottsville (21104), North Laurel (20723), West Friendship (21794), Woodbine (21797), Woodstock (21163), and more.

Carroll County:

Eldersburg (21784), Finksburg (21048), Hampstead (21074), Manchester (21102), Marriottsville (21104), Taneytown (21787), Union Bridge (21791), Westminster (21157, 21158), Mount Airy (21771), New Windsor (21776), Sykesville (21784), Woodbine (21797), Taneytown (21787), and more.

Harford County:

Aberdeen (21001), Abingdon (21009), Bel Air (21014, 21015), Darlington (21034), Edgewood (21040), Forest Hill (21050), Jarrettsville (21084), Joppa (21085), Pylesville (21132), Whiteford (21160), White Hall (21161)

Anne Arundel County:

Annapolis (21401, 21403, 21409), Arnold (21012), Crofton (21114), Crownsville (21032), Gambrills (21054), Glen Burnie (21060, 21061), Hanover (21076), Jessup (20794), Pasadena (21122), Severn (21144), Severna Park (21146).

And the rest of Maryland.

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