Over 30 Years Of Compassionate Divorce Representation Throughout Maryland
The Law Office of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates, LLC, was established in 1992 with the belief that a boutique law firm is better able to provide the personalized attention people going through a divorce need and deserve. Since then, we have grown into a premier group of family law attorneys that has helped thousands of people in Anne Arundel County and throughout the state of Maryland resolve their divorce.
Our Formula For Successful Divorce Representation
Our formula for success in divorce cases is simple: provide clients with compassionate, competent and straightforward representation. We know that when you come to us for help, you are going through one of the most difficult times in your life, and we treat your case appropriately. We use our decades of experience and the outstanding working knowledge we have of the Maryland court system to create a clear path through the divorce process to achieve your goals.
The measure of our success in divorce cases can be seen in the stellar reputation we have built among our peers and in our community, as well as the stream of referrals we receive from former clients who were pleased with our family law representation.
What To Do To Prepare For Divorce
The first step is picking up the phone and calling us at 443-971-8884 for a free consultation.
Once you have spoken with our team, or even before, some key steps you can do to prepare include:
- Come up with your list of priorities. Think about what assets are most important to you. Do you absolutely want to keep the family house, or is that something you can let go? Would you like to receive alimony? What would you like child custody arrangements to look like if you have kids?
- Compile your financial documents. This includes documents like pay stubs, your W-2, bank and checking account statements, investment account statements and anything along those lines.
- Review your property records. This can be helpful in determining what is separate property and what is marital property. However, keep in mind that just because an asset has your name on it, for example a car with your name on the title, does not automatically mean it is separate property.
- Gather your support group. Who are the people who are going to provide emotional support through the divorce process? Maybe it’s a parent or sibling. Maybe it’s a friend. Maybe it’s a therapist. Think about when to tell them about your divorce and what sort of support you want to ask them for.
- Create a plan to break the news to your spouse. Perhaps this is something that you and your spouse have already been discussing. Perhaps it may come as a surprise to your spouse. When and how you let your spouse know that you want a divorce can make a difference.
Your divorce is going to be difficult. There’s no getting around that, but our team will be here to help you.
“When I started practicing law, I believed it was an absolute privilege to help people in their time of need. I still believe that with all my heart. I require all the lawyers who work in this firm to buy into one basic belief. That belief is, WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU GET THROUGH YOUR TIME OF NEED. My pledge is as simple as that. We will do everything in our power to represent you in an ethical, forceful and proper manner. If you ever need to discuss any issue with me my door is always open and I will listen to your concerns.” – Attorney Jim Crawford
Negotiation Skills Matter In A Divorce Case
Many times, situations can be fixed or at least improved with simple, straightforward effort. When conflict arises in a divorce case, and it often does, a lawyer’s negotiation skills matter. We know how to effectively negotiate through some of the most intense, emotional conflicts that can come up in a divorce case – conflicts over the wellbeing of children or over dividing assets to ensure minimal financial struggles in the years to come, conflicts over the future of family businesses or over allegations of mistreatment.
With that said, on those rare occasions when negotiation is not possible, we have the strength of seasoned litigators to fall back on. We recognize that most people do not want their divorce case to go to trial, but at the same time there may be situations where the other side is asking you to sacrifice too much during negotiations and will not meet in the middle. If such a situation arises, you can be confident knowing that you have a team on your side with the strength to argue for you in a courtroom
Would You Like A Free Consultation About Your Divorce Options?
Our top priority is you, our client. We know how hard divorce is and we will be there at every step. For a free consultation, contact our law office in Linthicum Heights at 443-971-8884. You can also reach out to us by email.