Whether you are faced with the dissolution of your marriage; the beginning of a new life as a partner in a marriage; or a change in child custody or visitation, a member of our legal staff can offer insight into the legal complexities of each situation and guide you towards a viable resolution.

Areas of Assistance

Bulman, Dunie, Burke & Feld, CHTD, has extensive experience in all areas of family law. The following is brief example of some of the areas in which Bulman, Dunie, Burke & Feld, CHTD, can assist you:

  • Divorce litigation, including separation agreements and changes in alimony or spousal support
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Marital property distribution as part of a negotiation process
  • Child custody including modifications
  • Visitation issues/litigation, including grandparent visitation
  • Domestic violence complaints and protective orders
  • Adoption
  • Guardianship
  • Alternative dispute resolution/mediation for all family law areas

We are Here to Assist You in Every Step of the Process

bdbf_bl_subSBulman, Dunie, Burke & Feld, CHTD’s goal is to resolve your issues as quickly and thoroughly as possible. In many cases your interests will be best served by resolution of a conflict through negotiations, mediation or alternative dispute resolution. Mediation or alternative dispute resolution can eliminate the need for complicated court involvement. A Bulman, Dunie, Burke & Feld, CHTD, staff member would oversee such a process from start to finish.

If a solution by negotiations, mediation or alternative dispute resolution is unattainable, Bulman, Dunie, Burke & Feld, CHTD, will work diligently with you to prepare and file the appropriate court documents and to represent your interests fully in court. For example, in a divorce situation, one of our family law attorneys will address questions such as:

  • What are the pre-marital assets?
  • What assets were acquired during the marriage?
  • Are there pension assets to distribute?
  • What are the tax implications of any property settlement and/or alimony payments?
  • Must the marital home be sold immediately or retained by one of the parties?
  • Who is the decision-maker for the children and where should the children live?

All of these questions must be examined in conjunction with many other factors to formulate the best strategy. Bulman, Dunie, Burke & Feld, CHTD, understands that both you and your situation are unique and that there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” approach.

Throughout the process Bulman, Dunie, Burke & Feld, CHTD, has the capability of working with you in analyzing the tax implications of such matters as alimony payments, child support payments, property transfers, dependency exemptions, and the like. Bulman, Dunie, Burke & Feld, CHTD, also works with appraisers to determine the present value of pensions and other retirement funds and the value of business interests, should these assets be involved.

Once your litigation is complete, you may have questions about estate planning for the future; tax planning for the children’s college expenses; the implications of the sale of the family home; and/or the implications of the purchase of another residence. Bulman, Dunie, Burke & Feld, CHTD, also offers legal services in the areas of real estate transactions, estate and tax planning, and business advice.

We are Here to Direct the Client Through an Array of Emotions

bdbf_bl_subLWhether you are seeking an adoption of a child or the termination of a long-term marriage through divorce, chances are that you and your family are embarking on a very emotional journey. Bulman, Dunie, Burke & Feld, CHTD, appreciates the vast array of emotions tied to these issues. We work closely with mental health professionals in the community to provide you and your family with the legal assistance and emotional support necessary to obtain a complete resolution of the matter. Moreover, in cases where child custody is in dispute, Bulman, Dunie, Burke & Feld, CHTD, works closely with community mental health professionals to assist the parent/guardian to make fully informed decisions on behalf of the child. Whether a custody evaluation is necessary for your litigation requirements or merely, the establishment of a therapeutic relationship for a minor child, Bulman, Dunie, Burke & Feld, CHTD, has the experience to guide you.

We are Here to Offer Experience and an Established Reputation

You will find that retaining an attorney from Bulman Dunie brings access to a firm with an established reputation in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Attorneys from the family law department have been appointed by Judges of the Montgomery County Circuit Court to carry out a variety of court functions. Often in a particularly heated custody dispute, the court, concerned that a minor child’s best interests are not being fully examined, will select an attorney from the community to serve as a Best Interest Attorney or guardian ad litem for the child. The role of a court appointed attorney is often fulfilled by family law attorneys at Bulman, Dunie, Burke & Feld, Chtd. Our attorneys are also asked to facilitate disputes through mediation in order to prevent further conflict and litigation. Bulman, Dunie, Burke & Feld, Chtd, attorneys have served the community in this capacity. Bulman, Dunie, Burke & Feld, Chtd’s reputation of integrity and professionalism allows us to work effectively with attorneys, judges, and court personnel to reach your desired goal.

Nancy B. Farren, Megan N. Rosan, Daniel S. Shaivitz and Jane Rodgers are the attorney members of the Family Law Practice Area. A staff of associates and legal assistants supports them.

4610 Elm St.

Bethesda, Maryland 20815

Phone:  301-656-1177

Fax:       301-986-9719



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