Questions related to family law matters, such as custody, child support, divorce and visitation, are the library’s most frequently asked questions. Here is a quick rundown of available resources and referrals. If you want to learn more or can’t find what you’re looking for, please contact us!
Are you looking for background and general information? If so, check out these sites.
- Peoples Law Library of Maryland: http://www.peoples-law.org/family-law
- Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County Family Law Division: http://www.circuitcourt.org/learn-about/family-law-cases
- Department of Family Administration, Administrative Office of the Courts:
- Department of Family Administration, Administrative Office of the Courts, Family Law Forms: http://mdcourts.gov/family/forms/index.html
In addition, the Library carries the following print materials, which may assist you.
- Maryland Family Law, 5th \ Fader (KFM 1294.F33 2011)
- Maryland Divorce and Separation Law, 9th \ Thomas (KFM 1300.M37 2009)
- Maryland Domestic Relations Forms \ Turnbull (KFM 1294A65 T38)
- Maryland Law Encyclopedia – Children, Custody and Support, Divorce, Husband and Wife, Parent and Child
- Maryland Digest – Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce, Husband and Wife, Parent and Child
Are you interested in the Maryland Code and Rules of Procedure? For the Maryland Code, the Family Law Article contains much of the law regarding divorce, custody, child support, etc. You can access them in print as well as online in the Law Library. If you want to access these resources from home, check out these links.
Do you need to conduct case law research? The Law Library has both online and print sources to assist you. Online sources include LexisNexis and WestlawNext. Don’t know how to use these online databases? We can show you how! (If you don’t know what case law research is, check out this article – http://peoples-law.org/understanding-legal-research) If you want to conduct case law research from home, here are some options.
- Maryland Judiciary: http://www.courts.state.md.us/opinions.html (Provides access to cases from 1995 to present without charge.)
- Google Scholar is another source for finding case law: http://scholar.google.com/. For more detail about case law research on Google Scholar, check out this post.
Do you want assistance with your family law matter? These organizations provide limited legal assistance.
The Family Law Self-Help Center is located in the back of the Law Library; provides legal information and forms to assist unrepresented litigants in matters of divorce, custody/visitation, child support and name changes.
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday and Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
TELEPHONE HOURS (410-280-5374):
Monday through Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Women’s Law Center
Family Law Hotline 1-800-845-8550 M- F 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.
Family Law Forms Helpline operates at 1-800-818-9888 Tu, W & F 9:00 am – 12:30 pm, Th 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Spanish-1-877-293-2507 (leave message)
Are you looking for attorney to represent you in your family law matter? These organizations may be able to assist you.
Legal Aid Bureau
General Civil Legal Services
Income eligibility screening required
Regional Office 410-972-2700
M-F 9:00 AM-5:00 PM.
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
General Legal Services
Income eligibility screening required
410-547-6537 or 800-510-0050
Lawyer Referral Service (Anne Arundel County)
All civil and criminal cases with no eligibility screening.
Fees set by attorney
M-F 8:45 AM – 2:15 PM
Are you looking for domestic violence assistance? These organizations may be able to assist you.
House of Ruth Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
24 Hour Hotline for Domestic Violence Victims
YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County
Domestic Violence Assistance.
Legal Services Intake 24 Hour Voicemail