Domestic Violence

Maryland Domestic Violence Attorney

Robert L. Flanagan has in depth knowledge and experience in representing clients in Domestic Violence cases. As a Maryland Domestic Violence Attorney, he has a successful track record, both assisting victims of Domestic Violence and defending individuals against unsubstantiated charges. Domestic Violence cases are intensely emotional. However they are won or loss based on evidence. That makes a lawyer who was number one in his evidence class at Cornell with over 25 years of experience as a litigator, the advocate you want on your side. Robert L. Flanagan has successfully represented both petitioners and respondents in the courtroom.

A Domestic Violence case can have profound consequences on the outcome of divorce, custody and visitation disputes. It can damage or destroy a professional career. Robert L. Flanagan is an excellent strategist who has extensive experience as a Divorce and Custody lawyer. He is the right lawyer to assist you in effectively responding to an emotionally wracking and complicated domestic situation.

Robert L. Flanagan’s walks into the courtroom with the stature of not only a respected lawyer but also a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates, who participated in the enactment of Maryland‘s Domestic Violence laws.

A Family Law Attorney with over 25 years of courtroom experience, Robert L. Flanagan provides his clients top notch legal representation in Domestic Violence cases. His strategic intelligence is invaluable on a wide range of issues such as child custody, spousal support, marital property award, possession of the family home and other matters that might be impacted by a Domestic Violence dispute.

Act quickly to protect yourself. Time is of the essence in Domestic Violence cases. Call today for a free initial consultation. Robert L. Flanagan is the attorney you want to have on your side.

Domestic Violence cases begin with an ex parte hearing. A court may enter a temporary order for seven days if it finds reasonable grounds to conclude that a person eligible for relief has been the victim of Domestic Violence. This order may be extended under certain circumstances. The court may forbid the respondent from abusing, threatening to abuse, contacting, attempting to contact or harassing the petitioner; the respondent may be ordered not to enter the petitioner's residence. The court may also award custody of any minor children. The purpose of a temporary order is to protect the petitioner until a hearing on a final protective order is held.

When the hearing is held on the final protective order, both parties are allowed to offer evidence. In order to grant a permanent order, the court must find that there is "clear and convincing" evidence that abuse has occurred as defined by Section 4-501 of the Family Law Article. If an order is entered, the court can provide the same relief as in a temporary order plus family maintenance that is enforceable utilizing salary withholding. The court can also make provisions for visitation subject to the safety of the victim. In most instances the permanent order can be for up to one year.