Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most common general questions we are often asked by people seeking answers about divorce and other family law matters. Everybody’s situation is different, so these questions should be considered starting points about the topic.

Hecht & Associates, LLC, offers a full range of family law services and invites you to call our offices in Rockville, Maryland, to schedule a consultation to discuss your specific circumstances.

What can I expect to pay in attorney’s fees for my divorce or custody case?

Like every marriage, every divorce has a unique set of circumstances. Hecht & Associates does not offer one-size-fits-all divorce services. We review your circumstances and fight to protect your rights and interests as the law applies. We will discuss the fees and other expected costs during the initial consultation.

What types of documents should I provide to my attorney?

For financial matters involving property division, custody, and child support and alimony, you will be required to fill out a financial disclosure based on your assets. Among other documents, you will need to make available include income statements, debt statements, investment and savings accounts, and retirement funds and pensions. We will explain what additional documents you may need as the divorce litigation progresses.

What is a financial statement and how should I fill it out?

For marital property division and support, you will be required to accurately and completely fill out a financial statement. The statement is a court document and knowingly failing to disclose financial details accurately and completely can result in contempt charges.

Am I an alimony candidate and what are the considerations?

The State of Maryland and Washington, D.C., apply a set of criteria when determining spousal support, often referred to as alimony. Among other considerations, the criteria include:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The spouse’s ability to support themselves
  • A spouse’s need for further education or job training
  • The current and potential financial situation of each spouse
  • The current standard of living
  • Each partner’s monetary and nonmonetary contributions to the family
  • The circumstances surrounding the divorce filing
  • Each partner’s monetary and nonmonetary contributions to the family
  • Age, health and abilities of each partner
  • Marital assets granted to each partner, pensions, investments, etc.

What is pendente lite, and what does it have to do with my divorce

Think of pendente lite as a separaton agreement for one spouse to support the other financially or otherwise while the divorce litigation proceeds through the courts. Typically, it means the partner who is the higher-earner pays some financial support to the lower-earning spouse. The pendente lite agreement may serve as the final divorce decree for financial support, but not necessarily.