The Litigation Process
Litigation, with regard to Family Law, is the process by which a domestic matter is resolved with the Court. The litigation process is used when two parties cannot resolve the issues of their case through any other means. During this process, all decisions are made by a judge in the form of a Court Order. This Order is legally binding, and both parties must comply with the Order as it is written.
The litigation process begins when one party files a complaint with the Court. The opposing party then has thirty (30) days to file an answer to the complaint. The next step in the process is referred to as discovery. Discovery is the gathering of any evidence that may support a party’s case. This information is generally provided as written documentation. Both parties are obligated to provide full disclosure of all information that is requested. After discovery is gathered, both parties present their case before a judge, and the judge makes the final decisions about the case in the form of a Judgment.
The litigation of domestic relations matters is inherently stressful and can be time consuming and costly. However, for many families, contested litigation is the most effective manner in which disputes can be resolved.
Weinberg & Schwartz
Weinberg & Schwartz, L.L.C., is widely recognized as one of the Washington-Baltimore Area’s premier firms in the area of family law. Our practice covers family law cases throughout Maryland. The attorneys have experience in handling complex and sophisticated litigation, often on behalf of clients with diverse and substantial assets. Many of our clients, however, are people of ordinary means dealing with the difficult issues of family dissolution, including custody, child support, alimony, division of assets and counsel fees.
Weinberg & Schwartz is keenly aware of the fact that family law disagreements involving custody, alimony, use and possession of the family home, division of assets, pensions, debts and legal fees can represent the most far reaching and difficult issues faced by their clients in an entire lifetime. The lawyers, paralegals and staff are focused on achieving the most expeditious, financially sound and family centered resolution for every litigation case. Weinberg & Schwartz always is, and always has been, committed to providing each and every client with the best representation possible. The attorneys understand and uphold their commitment to being prepared with the facts and the law in order to fully present each client’s case to the Court creatively and effectively.
The time a client spends litigating a family law case is always difficult. Weinberg & Schwartz’s clients can trust that they will be guided through the litigation process professionally, ethically and respectfully. Weinberg & Schwartz recognizes that the goals of every family in litigation are different and the firm tailors its approach on an individual case by case basis to each client’s needs.