Family Law

ADOPTION

There may be nothing more rewarding in life that adopting a child and bringing it into a safe, loving environment. However, the process can be grueling and expensive. Our attorneys work with our clients both to establish a budget and to manage expectations so there are no surprises along the way. Gowen Rhoades Winograd & Silva, PLLC attorneys are strong supporters of equality and believe that children need a home with loving parents, regardless of the parents’ sexuality. Our firm supports the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer community and will work with families trying to adopt a child.

DIVORCE

A divorce proceeding is often an extremely tiring and upsetting process. Clients, in many situations, may want to “divorce” themselves from the proceedings and simply have a lawyer handle the case, while achieving the desired results. In order to do that, one must have trust and confidence in an attorney. Our attorneys make sure that our clients are protected and receive what is due to them under the law. We do whatever possible so that our clients can focus on rebuilding their lives and managing their families.

SUPPORT ACTIONS

During and after a divorce, you may be entitled to support from the former spouse, usually in the form of alimony, alimony pendente lite (or alimony pending litigation), child support, or support for mortgage payments. Our attorneys will do everything possible to make sure that you have the support from the other party to ensure you can continue with your life as the divorce moves along.

CHILD CUSTODY

If children are involved in a divorce, it is imperative that special attention be given to them and their needs. Our attorneys have attained successful results for parents who are concerned about their children. We will assist you in making sure that you have enough time, ability, and legal rights to properly care for your children.

PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENTS

Rarely is an engaged couple thinking of a future divorce, but oftentimes, a prenuptial agreement is necessary to protect pre-existing assets, should a divorce occur. This legal document need not affect a couple’s love for each other. For this reason, our attorneys strive to make the process simple and harmless. Gowen Rhoades Winograd & Silva, PLLC attorneys are licensed to practice in DC, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania