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Maryland Family Law

Can divorcing couples share the same attorney in a family law case?

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Often, we have potential clients inquire or assume that families can share the same attorney in certain cases. However, it’s important to note that Petrelli Previerta does not provide this service for divorce or pre-nuptial agreements, even if allowed by your state. Furthermore, we do not recommend it for most family law cases. This arrangement […]

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Can a Parent Take a Child Out of State Without the Other Parent’s Consent?

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Family dynamics can be complicated, and when marriages or relationships break down, custody of children can become a significant point of contention. One particularly challenging situation arises when one parent decides to move out of state with the child(ren) without the other parent’s consent. This guide delves into the intricacies of this issue, focusing on […]

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Grandparent and Non-Parents Visitation and Custody Rights in Maryland

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In Maryland, the changing landscape of family structures, along with the rise in grandparents assuming parental roles, has prompted increased legal discussions regarding their rights concerning their grandchildren. While parents unquestionably possess the fundamental right to raise their children, Maryland recognizes the significant role that grandparents and third parties can play in a child’s life. […]

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Can Alimony be Modified in Maryland?

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Alimony, also known as spousal support, is a common aspect of divorce settlements in Maryland. However, circumstances may change over time, leading to a need for modifying the alimony arrangement. This guide provides an overview of the factors that could allow for the modification of alimony in Maryland, the process for modification, answers to frequently […]

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Can Grandparents Seek Custody or Visitation Rights in Maryland?

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When it comes to matters of custody and visitation rights in Maryland, the state has specific laws in place to address the rights of grandparents and non-parents. While the primary focus is typically on the parents’ rights and responsibilities, Maryland recognizes that there may be circumstances where it is in the best interest of the […]

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How is Alimony Calculated in Maryland?

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Alimony, also known as spousal support, is a critical component of divorce proceedings in Maryland. If you are going through a divorce or separation, understanding how alimony is calculated can help you navigate this aspect of your case. This guide will provide an overview of the factors that impact eligibility for alimony, how alimony is […]

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Understanding Custody Determination in Maryland: Can a Child’s Opinion Influence the Decision?

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The Weight of a Child’s Voice: Considering Custody Preferences in Maryland We are often asked by parents, “Can a child’s preference be taken into account when deciding custody?”. In Maryland, a child’s preference can be taken into account when deciding custody, although it is just one of several factors considered by the court. The primary […]

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How to Modify Custody Orders in Maryland

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Maryland’s Legal Process to Change Child Custody When it comes to child custody matters, parents often face complex and emotionally challenging situations. Life circumstances can change, requiring modifications to existing custody orders. Additionally, there may be instances where one parent desires to relocate out of state with the child. If you find yourself in such […]

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Who Qualifies for Alimony in Maryland?

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Alimony, or spousal support, is a legal obligation to provide financial assistance to a spouse after divorce or separation. In Maryland, the criteria for qualifying for alimony are established by state law. This guide will outline the steps to qualify for alimony in Maryland, the process involved, and provide a call to action for individuals […]

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Can You Get an Immediate Divorce in Maryland?

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Are you wondering how long divorce may take in Maryland or if you can get an immediate divorce in Maryland? While there is no such thing as an “immediate divorce” in the state, we often hear potential clients ask about immediate divorce. People using this term may be disappointed to know that even though Maryland […]

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Client Testimonials

Here's what our clients have to say about working with us. Please note, results may vary based on individual circumstances.

Melinda Previtera, Esq. came highly recommended to our family. Her knowledge base, professionalism, and compassion paved the way for a successful outcome. Melinda is efficient, detailed, and informative. She helps manage expectations, and postures her client for a fair and equitable result. We are happy to recommend Melinda!

Jennifer A.

My experience was very good. Everyone was professional and attentive to my needs, keeping me updated every step of the way. I couldn’t ask for a better result, highly recommended.

David R.

My marriage life has been a hell for me for the past four years until I decided to put an end to what has to be ended. Choosing a lawyer was another additional stressful part of the long process. I’m so glad that I’ve found the right one for me at Petrelli Previtera. Life isn’t always fair, but at least having her in my corner, felt even better. I couldn’t recommend her highly enough!

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