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Elizabeth Pugliese

Elizabeth Pugliese

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  • Divorce, Domestic Violence, Family Law
  • Maryland
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A law firm for every day people.

The belief of my practice is simple: I represent those who need an attorney but think they can't afford one. I believe in standing up for those who think no one will stand up for them. I give voice to the voiceless.

Sometimes things happen. You need an attorney. You think you can't afford one. You can afford Elizabeth Pugliese, Esq.

Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Law
  • Free Consultation
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Reasonable hourly rates. Client is responsible for paying expenses of matter.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Articles & Publications
Organ Trafficking and the TVPA: Why One Word Makes a Difference in International Enforcement Efforts
Journal of Contemporary Health and Policy
Legal Answers
79 Questions Answered

Q. Prof. licenses were requested to be suspended before a background check for new job offer completed. Now what?
A: You need to file in the child support case and request an audit of your case. this will ensure they correct your record.
Q. Is it considered child support fraud if my son resides with me for the last 2 years and she still receives child support
A: You MUST file to modify the child support. As long as the order is in place, it must be followed. If she will not modify it, you must.
Q. I’m having a baby by a man who is fully supported by his mom. Can I sue his mom if she claims him on her taxes?
A: All of the support provided to him by his mother can be considered income. Also if he is physically capable of working but does not, the court can impute income to him. You will need an attorney to help you pursue him for child support.
Q. In MD, are there ways around having to be separated for a year? Is it true this law is changing in October? Thank you.
A: You must be separated for one year unless you have reached a written agreement on all issues, financial, property and related to the child prior to filing for the Absolute Divorce.
Q. I was awarded sole custody of my son in MD. Prior to our divorce, my ex moved to NY. Can she stop me moving to CA?
A: The concern for the court is -- will this affect the current custody arrangement. If she is supposed to see the kids every other weekend, well that's harder from California. But if it won't affect the current arrangement, unlikely to be able to actually stop it. However, even if she says you can't go. You can always file with the court for permission to move. If the court feels it is in the best interest of the child and there will still be access (skype/facetime is great for this), then the court will issue an order allowing you to move. Always better to either get the other parent's permission or the court's before moving. You should speak to an attorney about your options.
Q. Hello! What is the process for a legal last name change for a minor child? I live in Prince George County.
A: Maryland has the right to grant the name change as the children live here now and are residents. However, the court requires you to make extraordinary efforts to locate the father to try to obtain his consent. This is because it's not custody but a termination of his rights. It can be done, it just takes time.
Q. What is the process of getting an annulment?
A: If you are already divorced, you cannot get an annulment. An annulment is a legal statement that the marriage should not have occurred in the first place based on very specific reasons. If you were granted a divorce, that means there was a legal finding that there was a marriage.
Q. My husband filed divorce and it was finalized in May. I never signed the papers. Could I ask for alimony?
A: Your deadline to respond was 30 days after you were served -- whether you had an attorney or not. Once the divorce is final, you cannot go back and ask for alimony.
Q. Question on if a divorce agreement can be changed 4 years later
A: Unfortunately no. Once a divorce is final, you cannot go back and ask for alimony or any property division. Only custody and child support are modifiable. If everyone has been following the agreement for four years and receiving the benefits of it, the court is not going to throw it out -- short of proving fraud at the time of creation. Not being in the right emotional state is not fraud.
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