Family Law

Dedicated Legal Assistance for Family Law Matters

Protect Your Family With Our Help

Separation and divorce can be difficult, both emotionally and financially, and can involve complex legal issues, which will affect your life and the lives of your children for years to come.

Divorce changes lives in significant ways, including alimony, support, child custody and the division of real estate, retirement plans and businesses. 

It's essential to have a professional and experienced lawyer represent your interests, even if there is an amicable settlement. Proper planning can be key to protecting yourself and your children.
For over 35 years, the attorneys at Russell & Heffner LLC have offered families throughout Frederick County, MD with personal attention and compassionate representation. 

Whether you're seeking a separation agreement, involved in a custody dispute or going through a difficult divorce, we'll provide you with the representation you need to negotiate agreements, mediate disputes, and litigate your case before the courts when required. 

We have years of legal experience and a commitment to our clients and their families. Consultations are private and privileged.
Contact Russell & Heffner LLC today at 301-695-2977 to set up a consultation. Evening and weekend consultations are available by appointment.

Divorce and Separation Planning

If you're contemplating a divorce or separation, it's essential to plan ahead. If you simply wait and hope for the best, it may be too late. Proper planning can drastically change the ultimate outcome. 

Joint bank accounts, joint credit cards, debts in the name of one party but not the other, bankruptcy, business interests, contribution to retirement and pension plans, contribution of non-marital property, extant property, alimony issues, powers of attorney, child custody and support; these are just a few of the issues that need to be considered and planned for. 

Is your case suited for mediation or the collaborative process? With our experienced attorneys, it may take only a few hours to come up with a plan.


There's a common misconception that you have to be separated for a year in Maryland before you can get a divorce. Depending on the facts pertaining to your case, you may be able to file for a divorce almost immediately after you separate, or even if you're not separated.

Limited divorce or absolute divorce, which is right for you? Is mediation an option? In a divorce proceeding, your home, your children, your retirement and your finances are all at risk. It's usually a once-in-a-lifetime event for which most people are entirely unprepared emotionally, intellectually and financially. 

We're there to support you and provide experienced legal representation through all the stages of your divorce, from start to finish.
Petition for divorce paper

Separation and Property Settlement Agreements

Whether you have been separated for many years or are planning to separate, a separation or property settlement agreement can bring resolution to your case based on the terms negotiated by the parties and / or their counsel. 

If you need an attorney to negotiate an agreement, have reached an agreement in mediation or if you and your spouse have reached an agreement between yourselves and just need that agreement reduced to a formal written document, an experienced family law attorney is essential. This helps avoid potential drafting pitfalls, which could result in uncertainty and unanticipated problems and litigation down the road.
Parenting agreements

Parenting Agreements

Like a separation and property settlement agreement, a parenting agreement resolves issues related to your children. Physical custody, legal custody, access and visitation, child support, health insurance and college education are just a few of the issues that can be addressed. 

Whether it's to formalize an agreement between the parties, negotiate an agreement or modify an existing agreement, working without an agreement is like working without a net. 

What if one party needs to relocate? How to handle a parent entering a new relationship? What if the child wants to live with the other parent? All of these are issues that can be addressed in your parenting agreement.
Call us to set up a consultation today!
We offer evening and weekend consultations by appointment only.
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