Columbia Divorce Lawyer

Maryland Attorney Skilled in a Broad Range of Legal Matters

Fredric G. Antenberg has more than 30 years of experience assisting Maryland residents with their legal needs. He takes a creative and resourceful approach, whether you are seeking a Columbia divorce lawyer, fighting a DUI charge, pursuing compensation after an accident, or devising a will or trust. He strives to obtain optimal results, leveraging a network of relationships to try to achieve early resolution of cases. He has an earnest desire to resolve cases short of trial, but he can go to trial when needed.

When Mr. Antenberg meets with a client, he takes the time to understand their needs, goals, and expectations and to jointly develop the best approach to achieving the client’s desired result. Thereafter, we keep you fully informed of our communications with the courts, the lawyer on the other side, and others, and we explain the process to you so that you feel secure. We answer your questions in a direct way so that you will understand the process too. We believe that our efforts are a “team effort” in our quest “to seek the best.”

Family Law

When two spouses or parents decide to part ways, they may need legal representation to protect their interests and ensure a secure future. The end of a relationship often brings emotional and financial stress, but Columbia divorce attorney Fredric G. Antenberg will work hard to reduce the burdens on you. Common issues that may arise in family law matters include divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, and property distribution. While Maryland law provides certain rules in each of these areas, each family law matter is unique. This makes it important to retain an attorney who will provide knowledgeable advice and vigorous advocacy.

Divorce

In Maryland, you may be able to pursue an absolute divorce or a limited divorce. After a year of separation, either spouse can get an absolute divorce. An absolute divorce can be sought on the grounds of mutual consent, deliberate desertion, adultery, insanity, or constructive desertion. The standards for a limited divorce are less strict. A limited divorce can be sought on the grounds of mutual separation, abuse, cruelty, harsh conduct toward a spouse or child, constructive desertion, or voluntary desertion. During a divorce, the court will divide any property that either spouse acquired during the marriage, other than gifts, inheritances, property excluded by a valid prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, or property that is directly traceable to these sources. A divorce attorney in Columbia can help you seek an appropriate distribution of marital assets.

Child Custody

Many divorcing couples are concerned about which parent will get custody of the children. When the parents are unable to agree, the court will make a child custody decision based on the child’s best interests. The factors to be considered when looking at the child’s best interests include parental involvement in the child’s life, nurture and support, and parenting skills. The court will also look at each parent’s ability to financially support the child and any history of abuse, physical disabilities, or uncontrolled addictions. In Maryland, custody has two parts: physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody addresses the child’s living situation, determining how much time they spend with one parent or the other. Legal custody addresses the right to make major life decisions for the child, such as selecting the child’s school, medical care, and religious affiliation.

Child Support

Both parents are obligated to support their child. In many cases, a parent who spends less time with a child than the other parent is ordered to pay child support to the other parent. A Columbia divorce lawyer can help you pursue an appropriate amount of child support, or fight against an excessive award of support. The parents may be able to reach an informal agreement about child support. However, a court will use the Maryland Child Support Guidelines. A court can create a withholding order directed to the employer of the paying parent. The child support amount is then withheld from paychecks and paid to a state agency, which pays the custodial parent.

DUI

Drunk driving is usually charged as a misdemeanor. In Maryland, a prosecutor can charge you with DUI if your blood alcohol concentration was at least .08%. You can face a driving while intoxicated (DWI) charge if your BAC was at least .07%. An officer who pulls you over for suspected drunk driving can use a Breathalyzer or perform a field sobriety test. Even if you blew a BAC over the legal limit, your attorney may be able to defeat the charge if a valid defense applies. For example, the police stop may have been improper, or the testing procedures may have been flawed.

Personal Injury

Personal injury lawsuits often arise from motor vehicle collisions, dangerous property conditions, defective products, and dog bites. Many personal injury lawsuits are brought under a theory of negligence. This means that your attorney will need to establish that you were injured because the defendant failed to take reasonable precautions under the circumstances. Compensation in a personal injury case may include medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage, among other items of loss. A family of a victim may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim after a fatal accident, seeking distinctive forms of compensation.

Car Accidents

Car accidents can result in serious injuries, including broken bones, paralysis, traumatic brain injuries, and severe burns. In Maryland, you will need to file an initial complaint for injuries arising out of a car accident within three years of the date of the accident. Many defendants allege a plaintiff’s contributory negligence, which means that the plaintiff was partly at fault. In Maryland, a victim cannot recover compensation if they were at fault for an accident to any degree. As a result, you should promptly retain an attorney who can fight back against these tactics.

Wills and Estates

Estate planning can involve preparing a last will and testament, and possibly a trust, as well as reviewing life insurance policies and other documents. Appropriate estate planning can ensure that there are enough liquid assets to address immediate needs, pay the costs of estate administration, and protect beneficiaries. Your wishes for your burial and the distribution of your assets may be expressed in a last will and testament. A person who executes a last will and testament is known as a testator. In Maryland, a will must have an attestation clause and must be signed before two witnesses. Sometimes a trust serves as an effective alternative for a will, avoiding the probate process and allowing assets to be distributed more efficiently.

Consult an Experienced Attorney in the Columbia Area

We respect your time and money, and we cut through the bureaucracy to achieve results. We are personally involved with each of our clients and genuinely care about them. Fredric G. Antenberg represents people in the Baltimore area and in Howard, Anne Arundel, Montgomery, and Prince George's Counties. Call (410) 730-4404 or contact us online for a free consultation with a divorce lawyer in Columbia or assistance with a DUI, personal injury, or estate planning matter.