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Leslie Billman

  • Leslie was named a 2019 Super Lawyer and 2019 Best Lawyer.
  • She was featured in the January 2019 issue of Super Lawyers magazine highlighting her work in sports photography.
  • Leslie is scheduled to speak in March 2019 in Hagerstown on behalf of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers on the topic of recent changes to domestic violence laws.

Jim Milko

  • Jim was named a 2019 Super Lawyer and 2019 Best Lawyer.
  • He is testifying before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and the House Judiciary in March 2019 on behalf of the Maryland State Bar Association, Family and Juvenile Section as well as the Maryland Guidelines Advisory Committee regarding multiple Child Support bills.

Todd Bennett

  • Todd was named a 2019 Super Lawyer and 2019 Best Lawyer.
  • He wrapped up a semester of teaching a course as an adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore Law School in the post JD Family Law Certificate program in Fall, 2018.

Michelle Smith

  • Michelle assisted with hosting “Escalation” presented by the One Love Foundation in February 2019 to educate high school students and their parents on issues of Domestic Violence.
  • As the Chairperson, Michelle assisted in planning the successful March 2019 Anne Arundel County Bar Association Bar Weekend legal conference in Philadelphia.

Children and Divorce

Grandparents Visitation Rights in Maryland
The relationships children have with their mothers and fathers are the most important relationships for the growth and development of a child. However, children cultivate many other relationships as they mature, such as those with friends, teammates, siblings and often …

Establishing a successful co-parenting relationship after divorce
When parents in Maryland decide to divorce, they may be awarded sole or joint legal custody, or sole or shared physical custody. Legal custody simply addresses how parental decisions are made; with joint legal custody, neither parent may unilaterally implement a major decision without input and agreement from the other …

Protecting Your Assets

Maryland divorce: what happens to the family home?
In many families, the residence is the most significant asset, making the decision of what will happen to it in a divorce extremely important from a financial standpoint. But the ideal disposition of the family home …

Valuing a business in your divorce
A business is often a marital asset that is subject to division in the divorce process. Depending on your state, a marital asset, like a business, will be divided equally or equitably. An equitable division may not be completely 50/50 but …

Protect retirement assets in a Maryland divorce
When people are trying to deal with the immediate challenges that going through a divorce can bring, they may not be considering planning for their long-term needs. However, when dividing up assets as part of the property division that accompanies divorce …

The importance of prenuptial agreements in high asset marriages
There have been several very high profile divorces over the past decade. For example, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones split, Guy Ritchie and Madonna broke up, Sir Paul McCartney’s marriage to Heather Mills lasted …


How to escape from an abusive relationship
Getting a divorce isn’t easy for anyone, let alone someone who is being abused. For countless women, children and even men in Maryland, trying to end a relationship may become a nightmare if the other partner …

Divorce growing among older Americans
Sometimes after decades of marriage to one person, and often in a second or subsequent marriage, older Americans in their 50s, 60s, 70s and even beyond are divorcing at increasing rates. No longer seeing divorce as embarrassing or shameful, as the …

Divorce Process

Changes in Maryland’s No-Fault Divorce Law
Depending on the case, the decision to divorce can be based on any number of high-conflict events. In the alternative, it can simply come from fundamental differences between the spouses. In Maryland, spouses can file for absolute divorce …

Is mediation the right option for your divorce in Maryland?
There are many reasons why couples who have decided to end their marriage may want to consider mediating their divorce. Litigation is not the only divorce resolution option available to couples in Maryland ending …

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