Family Law Hotline

Organization Details

301 W. Chesapeake Ave.,
Suite 201,
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Advice/Help Hotline Phone
Advice/Help Hotline Days/Hours
M-F 9:30-4:30
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Program Description

When you call the Family Law Hotline, you will talk briefly with an attorney for free. The attorney will give you basic information about Maryland family law to help you understand your rights and legal options. The lawyer can answer your questions about:

  • Separation
  • Divorce
  • Custody and visitation
  • Child support
  • Marital property
  • Alimony
  • Paternity
  • Name change
  • Guardianship

The Family Law Hotline attorney can not represent you in your family law case. The attorney may give you the phone number of a lawyer referral service in your area that may help you find an attorney to represent you.

You may call the Hotline as often as you need. Due to the heavy volume of calls received, Hotline services are limited to brief conversations that will provide you with information.

The Family Law Hotline services are available only to callers who are low-income. The Hotline attorney will ask you about your income and will collect other basic information.

The Family Law Hotline Attorney can help you choose and complete forms that you need for:

  • divorce
  • custody
  • visitation
  • child support
  • name change
  • modification of child support
  • modification of custody
  • modification of visitation
  • contempt for failure to pay child support
  • contempt for failure to provide visitation
  • guardianship

The Family Law Hotline is operated in partnership with the Legal Aid Bureau, Inc. Your call will be answered by a Women’s Law Center staff attorney, volunteer attorney or Legal Aid Bureau staff attorney. All Family Law Hotline attorneys are knowledgeable about Maryland family law. 

Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics
Birth certificate, name change, or gender change
Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics
Child custody and visitation
Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics
Child Services
Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics
Child Support
Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics
Divorce, Separation, or Annulment
Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics
Domestic violence shelter
Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics
Domestic violence, peace and protective orders
Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics
Family Law
Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics
Guardianship, Adult
Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics
Guardianship, Child
Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics
Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics
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