Mr. J. Edgie Russell

Mr. J. Edgie Russell

Md. State Bar Assoc., Frederick Co. Bar Assoc.
  • Divorce, Domestic Violence, Family Law
  • Maryland
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Summary

I have have lived and practiced in Frederick Maryland for over thirty years. Family Law is the primary focus of my practice. I have tried cases in the Circuit Court and District Court, as well as arguing cases before the Maryland Court of Appeals and Maryland Court of Special Appeals.I am a Court appointed mediator for divorce and custody cases and I am trained in Collaborative Law.

Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Child Custody
  • Mediation
  • Separation Agreements
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Maryland
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Member Family Law Section Md. Bar Assoc., Former President Frederick County Bar Assoc.Family Law Seciton
Md. State Bar Assoc., Frederick Co. Bar Assoc.
Current
Education
Suffolk University Law School
J.D. (1979)
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Kenyon College
B.A.
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Professional Associations
Court Appointed Mediator
Mediator
- Current
Activities: Appointed by the Circuit Court for Frederick County, Maryland to mediate child custody and divorce cases
Maryland State Bar Association
- Current
Activities: Family Law Section
Frederick County Bar Assocaition
- Current
Activities: Family Law Section
Websites & Blogs
Website
http://russellandheffner.com/index.html
Legal Answers
6 Questions Answered

Q. My brother wants to let his son live with me.I will need to enroll him in school. What steps do I need to take?
A: You should contact the local school system in your individual county to see what they will want to enroll him in school. Each County is a little different but you may have to go so far as to obtain a custody order. Regardless of what the schools want however, you should get a Power of Attorney authorizing you to obtain medical treatment for your nephew. I also recommend at least some sort of a custody agreement spelling out your rights and obligations. Finally, you mention your brother, but not the mother. You will need to involve her in this process as well.
Q. How can I prove parental alienation if what my 4 year old says is inadmissible in court. And what if my ex is lying?
A: There are several options to try to show that your wife is attempting to alienate your son. First to ask the Court to appoint an attorney represent your son and to have your son see a counselor. Another alternative would be to provide the Court with evidence of things your wife has done to alienate your son (i.e. what you or other witnesses have see or heard her do). As far as what your 4 year old son might have told you, while some of what he said might be excluded as hearsay, there are exceptions which may apply to allow in some of his statements (but remember even if you get in your son's statements, he is only 4 years old and what he said someone else said or did, may not carry much weight). Finally as to your wife lying, that may well occur and even if she is cross examined her lies may never be uncovered; however, you too will have the opportunity to testify and if your testimony is truthful and credible, you have to hope that the judge will believe you.
Q. If the couple leave together more than 15 years in Maryland do they consider wife and husband?
A: Simply living together in Maryland does not make you husband and wife.
Q. Can my ex-wife require me to start paying for private high school?
A: Assuming there is no contract or judicial decision obligating you to pay for private high school, then normally you would not have to pay for private high school. At the same time your wife could file to have the costs of private high school included in child support if she could demonstrate that your daughter had a particularized need to attend the private high school.
Q. 1 spouse owned the home they lived in prior to marriage. Does the other get equity for their 2 year marriage?how determ?
A: The first question that needs to be asked is if the house is titled in the names of both parties. If so then they both have an interest. If it is titled in the name of only one spouse, the fact one spouse owned the home prior to marriage does not necessarily mean the other spouse does not have an interest in the home, even after only 2 years of marriage. For instance, if a house were subject to a mortgage which was paid on during the marriage, if there were improvements made to the home during the marriage or marital funds put into the home,these are just some of the factors that could lead to there being a marital interest in the home.
Q. Maryland. no separation agreement made spouse will not contribute to children or other expenses..what can be done?
A: If you are separated, but do not have an agreement, you can still bring an action for child support, an action for alimony or combine one or both of these claims in an action for divorce.
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153 West Patrick Street
Suite D
Frederick, MD 21701
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Telephone: (301) 695-2977