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Heather Sunderman
Rockville, Maryland
I'm an attorney who focuses on family law.
Interests: Crochet, reading, swimming, tennis
Recent Activity
Everyone loves to complain about the high cost of lawyers and legal fees, more specifically. However, out of pocket expenses for legal fees can be incredibly high, and are often overlooked by litigants. These costs can include court filing fees,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at Maryland Family Law
Weddings have become huge affairs, often requiring a significant amount of time and money to plan. But it is even more important for couples to discuss their finances and be prepared to be honest about money. It should come as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Maryland Family Law
The People's Law Library of Maryland has created a workbook to help people who are representing themselves in family law cases. You can access the workbook here. While there is a lot of information in the workbook, it does not... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Maryland Family Law
The Washington DC metro area is a curious creature. Generally, it includes Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, but it's not unheard of for people to commute here from their homes in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware. While these... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Maryland Family Law
Yes, this is a trick question. Often, clients will ask me about my win percentage, and I have to say, I don't even know how I would begin to answer that! A typical divorce or separation client will have several... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at Maryland Family Law
Have you have filed your 2015 taxes yet? If you are separated or divorced, there are a number of rules regarding your taxes. For IRS purposes, married means married. If you are married, you CANNOT file as single. Your only... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at Maryland Family Law
If you've been following the news, you know that the schedule for the Montgomery County Public Schools has been evolving the past few years. Bell times were moved later (are are maybe going back?) and additional days off have been... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at Maryland Family Law
This month brings to a close domestic violence awareness month. There are a number of programs available to help victims of domestic violence, including a new Family Justice Center in Prince George's County. In Maryland, a victim of abuse can... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at Maryland Family Law
The Town Courier reports that the number of cases reported to Child Protective Services during fiscal year 2016 increased to 3,347 incidences. The increase was attributed to a change in policy encouraging employees of Montgomery County Public Schools to report... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at Maryland Family Law
Have you have filed your 2015 taxes yet? If you are separated or divorced, there are a number of rules regarding your taxes. For IRS purposes, married means married. If you are married, you CANNOT file as single. Your only... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at Maryland Family Law
Are you looking for some tips from "the other side" of divorce? I enjoyed this article on Slate.com about getting through divorce with children. It is very thoughtful, with a touch of humor, and is a great reminder that taking... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2016 at Maryland Family Law
Negotiating a divorce and dividing assets gives the spouses a lot of freedom in fashioning an agreement that works for both of them. For example, in the case of dispute of jointly owned real property, the court may only be... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at Maryland Family Law
The Maryland Judiciary has released a new app designed to help the public navigate the legal system, including providing information about legal clinics and pro bono services. The courts have seen a huge increase in the number of people representing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at Maryland Family Law
I am very excited to announce that I have again been selected as a Maryland Super Lawyers Rising Star 2016. You can access the online magazine here. Super Lawyers are selected based on peer nominations and independent research. You can... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at Maryland Family Law
Last week, the newly formed Maryland Chapter of the AFCC held their first conference, focusing on the topic "Maryland Child Custody at a Crossroads" and discussed the work of the Maryland Commission on Child Custody Decision-Making. You can read more... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2015 at Maryland Family Law
Before marriage, couples need to discuss their finances and be prepared to be honest about money. It should come as no surprise, money is one of the biggest stressors in a relationship. Some topics you may want to discuss include:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2015 at Maryland Family Law
Peace Orders and Protective Orders In Maryland, the process for getting a peace order or protective order from a District Court judge, District Court commissioner, or Circuit Court judge is a relatively easy one. But those who have become involved... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2015 at Maryland Family Law
If you have school-age children, you know there's a lot of time and effort in getting ready for back to school. It's difficult enough when you have a good relationship with your co-parent, but if you are separated, you may... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2015 at Maryland Family Law
Typically, both parents must appear for a child to get a passport (along with the necessary proof of citizenship, photos, application and fee.) If both parents don't apply together in person, one parent may sign the consent before a notary... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2015 at Maryland Family Law
As of July 1, 2015, the Maryland Judiciary developed new rules specifically permitting what is called "limited scope representation." This means that it is possible for attorneys to represent clients for specific tasks in litigation as opposed to full-service. Typically,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Maryland Family Law
At this point, all of the schools in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia are out for summer. If both parents work, you are already familiar with putting together the schedule of camps, babysitters and vacation plans. It can... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Maryland Family Law
I was recently interviewed by Connie Donahue of Woman Around Town to give tips for women considering divorce. You can read the article here. I would appreciate any feedback you have. What advice has helped you in divorce or separation? Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Maryland Family Law
Now that you and your spouse have created a college savings plan for your spouse, what would happen if you divorce or separate? In Maryland, marital property is determined by how the property was acquired, so if the account was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Maryland Family Law
Is saving for college your New Year's Resolution? Most parents would agree that saving money for their child’s education is important, but the biggest challenge is taking the first step. One easy way to start is with a 529 account,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Maryland Family Law
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing the matter of Elonis v. U.S. In this case, a man from Pennsylvania was sentenced to four years over threats he made to his wife. Soon after his wife obtained a protective order,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Maryland Family Law