Montgomery County Divorce Lawyers

Guiding You Through Every Step

Navigating the complexities of a divorce can be overwhelming, but with the right legal team by your side, you can move forward with confidence. At the Law Offices of Tina Sharma, we bring years of dedicated experience to our role as Montgomery County divorce lawyers, offering personalized and compassionate legal guidance tailored to your unique situation. We're here to demystify the divorce process, addressing your concerns and safeguarding your interests every step of the way.

Grounds for Divorce

One spouse must prove that at least one “ground” exists before the court will grant a divorce. There are three grounds for divorce:

Mutual consent: You and your spouse can agree to divorce and sign a written agreement (called a marital settlement agreement) that resolves all issues related to alimony, marital property, and the care, custody, and support of any minor or dependent children.

6-Month Separation: You and your spouse have lived separate and apart, without interruption, for at least six months before filing a complaint for absolute divorce. You can still live under the same roof but must pursue separate lives. The separation can also be based on a court order, such as a protective order.

Irreconcilable Differences: You believe, or your spouse believes, that your marriage should end for reasons that cannot be resolved.

Residency Requirement

Before filing for divorce in Maryland, at least one spouse must meet the state's residency requirement. This typically means living in the state for at least six months prior to filing.

Understanding the Divorce Process

The divorce process in Maryland involves several steps, beginning with the filing of a Complaint for Divorce in the appropriate county. The complaint must outline the grounds for divorce and any requests for relief, such as custody, child support, alimony, and property division.

After filing, the complaint must be served to the other spouse, who then has an opportunity to respond. The case may proceed through discovery, negotiations, and potentially a trial, depending on whether the divorce is contested or uncontested.

Custody and Support

Custody and support are significant components of many divorce proceedings. Maryland courts focus on the best interests of the child when determining custody, considering various factors to ensure that the child's health, safety, and welfare are protected. Child support is determined according to Maryland's child support guidelines, which consider the incomes of both parents, the number of children, and other relevant expenses.

Property Division

Maryland follows the principle of equitable distribution, meaning that marital property is divided in a fair, but not necessarily equal, manner. The court considers several factors, including the contributions of each spouse to the well-being of the family and the economic circumstances of each spouse at the time of division.


Alimony in Maryland is awarded based on the needs of one spouse and the ability of the other spouse to pay. The court considers factors such as the duration of the marriage, the standard of living during the marriage, the ages and physical and mental conditions of both spouses, and the ability of the seeking spouse to be self-supporting.

Our Approach

At the Law Offices of Tina Sharma, we understand that every divorce is as unique as the individuals involved. Our approach is to listen carefully to your needs and goals, providing clear, actionable advice to protect your interests. We blend our deep knowledge of Maryland's divorce laws with a compassionate understanding of the emotional and financial complexities involved in the end of a marriage.

We're committed to making the legal process as transparent and stress-free as possible, empowering you to make informed decisions about your future. Our team is skilled in negotiation and mediation, aiming for amicable resolutions that serve your best interests. However, when necessary, we're prepared to assertively represent you in court, leveraging our litigation experience to fight for your rights.

Why Choose Us?

Experience and Expertise: Since 2007, our team has been dedicated to family law, building a wealth of experience that allows us to handle even the most complex cases with confidence and discretion.

Personalized Approach: Your family's needs are unique. We offer personalized legal strategies, ensuring that your case is handled with the care and specificity it deserves.

Strategy Sessions: Recognizing the importance of clear, strategic planning, we provide Strategy Sessions at a fixed fee. These sessions offer you the opportunity to discuss your situation and explore next steps with our knowledgeable team.

Schedule a Strategy Session

Understanding the path ahead is the first step towards a new beginning. We invite you to schedule a Strategy Session with our team. This fixed-fee consultation provides an opportunity for you to discuss your situation in detail and explore the next steps with one of our experienced Montgomery County divorce lawyers. Together, we can develop a plan that positions you for a successful resolution.

Contact our office today.