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Leslie Billman will be a presenter at the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Family Law 202 webinar being held on March 26. She has been selected to the 2021 Maryland Super Lawyers list. Leslie is teaching The Business of Practicing Family Law at the University of Baltimore.

Todd Bennett has been selected to both the 2021 list of SuperLawyers and Best Lawyers again.

Michelle Smith has been testifying throughout this legislative session before the House and Senate of the Maryland General Assembly on family law and juvenile bills as a member of the Family and Juvenile Law Section Council for the Maryland State Bar Association. She also became an adjunct professor for the University of Baltimore teaching in the post-JD certificate program in Family Law.

LESLIE G. BILLMAN has achieved the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers FAMILY LAW ARBITRATION CERTIFICATION

This certification is awarded only after completion of rigorous and specific training in the application of arbitration procedures to family law issues.

Especially today, with so many courts across the country closed or dealing with large backlogs of cases, clients and their lawyers may be best served through an alternative dispute resolution process such as arbitration.
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Trainor, Billman, Bennett & Milko is extremely pleased to announce that Michelle D. Smith, Esquire, has become a partner of our firm.

Michelle brings 25 years of experience as an effective trial lawyer with a preeminent reputation for her steadfast commitment to exemplary representation of clients in family law and domestic violence matters, furthering our firm’s tradition of professional and proficient representation of each of our clients.

Todd Bennett was selected to 2020 Maryland Super Lawyers and 2020 Maryland Best Lawyers.

In addition to this involvement with The James C. Cawood Jr. American Inns of Court, Tom DeGennaro is now a member of the New Lawyers Committee with the Anne Arundel Bar Association; look for their events in 2020!

For 2020, Leslie Billman was selected as Best Family Lawyer (Annapolis), Best 50 Women Attorneys  (Maryland),  Top 100 Super Lawyers (Maryland), and Maryland Best Lawyers.  Leslie, who served on the University of Baltimore School of Law’s curriculum development committee for the post-JD Family Law Certificate program, is teaching this semester’s class on the Business of Family Law to law school graduates enrolled in the program.  The program provides specialized instruction and experience in complex family law issues and matters not generally addressed in law school classes.

Michelle Smith has had a busy start to 2020 as a member of the Board of Directors of the Maryland State Bar Association Family and juvenile Law Section Council.  As an integral member of the legislative sub-committee of the Section, she regularly analyzed proposed Family Law legislation and offered testimony on behalf of the MSBA nearly every week before both the House and Senate of the Maryland General Assembly regarding proposed legislation in our State.  Several important Family Law bills were passed this session; more updates to follow.

In his capacity as a Past-Chair of the Family and Juvenile Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association, Jim Milko continues to serve as a member of the Maryland Department of Human Services Child Support Guidelines Advisory Committee, and he recently testified at various Senate and House proceedings regarding important child support legislation pending in the 2020 Maryland General Assembly.  He currently serves as an Officer in the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.   He was recently named to the “Top Attorneys in Maryland” list by Baltimore Magazine, and is a 2020 Maryland Super Lawyer in the field of Domestic Relations/Family Law.

Children and Divorce

Grandparents Visitation Rights in Maryland
The relationships children have with their mothers and fathers are the most important relationships for the growth and development of a child. However, children cultivate many other relationships as they mature, such as those with friends, teammates, siblings and often …

Establishing a successful co-parenting relationship after divorce
When parents in Maryland decide to divorce, they may be awarded sole or joint legal custody, or sole or shared physical custody. Legal custody simply addresses how parental decisions are made; with joint legal custody, neither parent may unilaterally implement a major decision without input and agreement from the other …

Protecting Your Assets

Maryland divorce: what happens to the family home?
In many families, the residence is the most significant asset, making the decision of what will happen to it in a divorce extremely important from a financial standpoint. But the ideal disposition of the family home …

Valuing a business in your divorce
A business is often a marital asset that is subject to division in the divorce process. Depending on your state, a marital asset, like a business, will be divided equally or equitably. An equitable division may not be completely 50/50 but …

Protect retirement assets in a Maryland divorce
When people are trying to deal with the immediate challenges that going through a divorce can bring, they may not be considering planning for their long-term needs. However, when dividing up assets as part of the property division that accompanies divorce …

The importance of prenuptial agreements in high asset marriages
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How to escape from an abusive relationship
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Divorce growing among older Americans
Sometimes after decades of marriage to one person, and often in a second or subsequent marriage, older Americans in their 50s, 60s, 70s and even beyond are divorcing at increasing rates. No longer seeing divorce as embarrassing or shameful, as the …

Divorce Process

Changes in Maryland’s No-Fault Divorce Law
Depending on the case, the decision to divorce can be based on any number of high-conflict events. In the alternative, it can simply come from fundamental differences between the spouses. In Maryland, spouses can file for absolute divorce …

Is mediation the right option for your divorce in Maryland?
There are many reasons why couples who have decided to end their marriage may want to consider mediating their divorce. Litigation is not the only divorce resolution option available to couples in Maryland ending …

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