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Marjorie G. DiLima

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Who is Marjorie G. DiLima?

Marjorie G. DiLima, a Rockville, Bethesda and Frederick family lawyer, was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1995, the Court of Appeals of Maryland in 1995, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland in 1996, and the U.S. Tax Court in 2000. She received her J.D. from Hamline School of Law, graduating cum laude, in 1994 along with her M.B.A. from St. Thomas University in 1994; and her LL.M. in Taxation (Masters in Law) from Georgetown University School of Law in 1995.

Marjorie is a member of the Montgomery County, Frederick County, Maryland State, and Women’s Bar Associations. Marjorie is in her third year serving on the Family Juvenile Law Section Council for the State of Maryland and heads the Mentor/Mentee sub-committee. Marjorie served on the Executive Committee of the Montgomery County Bar Association for three separate terms and currently serves on the Bench Bar Committee for Montgomery County. Marjorie is Past President and currently a Bencher (lifetime position) in the American Inns of Court in the Montgomery County Chapter. Marjorie also participates in Peer Review Panels for the Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland.

Marjorie is certified in collaborative law, a process of collaborative divorce as an alternative to litigation. Marjorie is also a Certified Mediator for all family law issues, including custody and financial matters, and serves as a Best Interest Attorney for minor children.

Marjorie is currently teaching Family Law to Paralegal Studies students as an adjunct professor at Montgomery College.

Marjorie has received several honors for her work, including being named August 2019 Attorney of the Month for the “Attorney At Law Magazine” where she was featured on the cover and within the magazine. Marjorie has received lifetime recognition from the Metropolitan Who’s Who Registry for her outstanding leadership and achievement in her profession. She has been named a Maryland Super Lawyer for 2010, 2015 through 2019, she was elected a Fellow of the Maryland Bar Foundation for her outstanding dedication to the welfare of her community, the administration of justice, and the traditions of the profession of law. In 2006, Marjorie was inducted into the Montgomery County Maryland Bar Foundation as a Bar Leader, and has received the Montgomery County, Maryland Bar Foundation Award for her Extraordinary Commitment to the Delivery of Legal Services in 1999, 2001, and 2003.

In 2006, Marjorie accomplished a lifelong goal by running the Marine Corps Marathon while raising money for AIDS research. In 2007, Marjorie raised money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (Team in Training) and ran the Marine Corps Marathon for a second time. Currently, Marjorie continues to run for exercise and charity. For example she ran in the 2016 Across the Bay 10K. Marjorie frequently participated in Rolling Thunder on her Harley Davidson and provided motorcycle escorts for soldiers from Walter Reed in her commitment to support veterans and active duty military and their families. She now has her second therapy dog (in training) that she hopes to take to visit the veterans, hospitals, and institutions.

Marjorie began her career as a solo practitioner from which she built a healthy practice and hundreds of professional relationships. Marjorie was recruited by Fait & Wise, LLP and became an associate in the firm in January, 2003. In June 2006, Marjorie became the Managing Partner of Fait & DiLima, LLP. Marjorie has proved a committed member of our team, focused on providing our clients with the best of her considerable knowledge and expertise and has continued to build the practice and increase our professional relationships. Marjorie has concentrated a portion of her practice on issues arising from alcohol and drug abuse in the family.

As a Montgomery County and Frederick County family lawyer, Marjorie maintains an appellate practice, arguing cases in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. She has been instrumental in brief preparation for many cases of the firm, two of which have been reported opinions: Richard v. Richards, 166 Md. App. 263, 888 A.2d 364 (2005), regarding monetary awards, determination of marital versus non-marital property, and equitable distribution; and Mills v. Mills, 178 Md. App. 728, 943 A.2d 677 (2008), regarding the revisory power of the Court pertaining to Qualified Domestic Relations Orders.

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About Washington DC Divorce Law

From a legal standpoint, getting married is often far easier than getting divorced. Between ensuring that there is an equitable division of property, determining parenting time, dividing retirement accounts, and other formalities, the process of divorce can be both expensive and time-consuming. While many people can, and do, undertake this process without an Washington DC divorce attorney, there are a number of specific items involved that can use an divorce attorney’s legal experience.

A Glimpse of Marriage and Divorce in the U.S.

In spite of an often-quoted statistic that half of all U.S. marriages end in divorce, the divorce rate is actually dropping and now stands at about 39 percent, according to a 2018 article from Time. However, it isn’t because the millennials—who have now entered adulthood, the workplace, and even matrimony—have found the key to a long-lasting relationship. It is, rather, that they’re delaying marriage, with recent Census figures revealing that the average age for a first marriage is around 30 for men and 28 for women. In 2003, these ages were 27 and 25 respectively. The frequently cited reason for delaying marriage is to gain financial security first, the article notes, adding that many couples are choosing to cohabitate rather than marry.

Reasons to Hire a Washington DC Divorce Attorney

Washington DC Divorce attorneys fall into a legal practice area known as family law. Family law is focused on assisting individuals with legal matters pertaining to family relationships. In addition to divorce, family law also covers annulment, child custody and visitation, as well as adoption. Some of the reasons people seek the help of an experienced Washington DC divorce attorney include:

  • They don’t wish to navigate the legal arena themselves. The legalities of divorce involve a lot of paperwork and timelines. Washington DC divorce attorneys are educated and trained to deal with this type of work, while many of their clients are not.
  • There are children involved in the marriage. Divorcing with children involves a lot of provisions, such as which parent the child will primarily reside with; a parenting schedule that covers the school year, summer vacation, and holidays; and child support, along with other considerations.
  • You and your spouse disagree on some matters that must be decided, such as child custody or division of assets. It is important if there are disagreements that you don’t try to settle those disagreements in court without a Washington DC divorce lawyer to assist you, particularly if your spouse has a lawyer.
  • Your case is complex, due to high-value assets or business ownership.
  • You or your spouse has a retirement plan. Often these plans are considered a marital asset and will need to be divided equitably through a Qualified Domestic Relations Order.
  • Your spouse is not sharing all of his or her financial information with you. Because many things such as equitable division of assets or expenses and the determination of spousal maintenance relies on your finances, if you are having difficulty obtaining this information, a lawyer in Washington DC can help.
  • You or your spouse will need maintenance support. The laws in Washington DC may help you determine how much this support will be or how long it will last. Your Washington DC divorce lawyer understands the complexities surrounding spousal maintenance.
  • You have real estate. Selling a home during a divorce can be a tricky situation that needs the expertise of someone trained in family law. Additionally, if you or your spouse wishes to live in the house for a time after the divorce, this impacts the division of your marital property in ways that an attorney can help you understand.
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