Providing aggressive representation in all areas of domestic disputes
Approximately 99% of the firm's representation is devoted to family law. We represent both men and women in all areas of domestic disputes. We provide aggressive representation, however, our primary goal is to assist parties in resolving their disputes as efficiently as possible. We focus on the long term effects of divorce and custody, taking into consideration, not only the financial aspects, but also the emotional and psychological trauma associated with the breakup of a family.
The firm has experience in cases involving substantial assets and property, the valuation of businesses and stock options, complex mental health issues, as well as pensions and retirement funds.
We have been successful in the Court of Special Appeals convincing the appellate court that the Circuit Court made errors which warrant the case be returned to the trial court for reconsideration. Conversely, we have successfully defended the judgment of the Circuit Court in the appellate court, when it was beneficial to our client.
Clara M. Martone Bereston, P.A.
100 Cathedral Street
Annapolis MD 21401
Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm
The dissolution of your marriage is an emotional and stressful event. At Clara M. Martone Bereston, we help ease the legal strain of divorce so that you can concentrate on the health and well-being of your family.
With 20 years of experience in family law matters, we take your individual needs into account as we seek the best possible results for you regarding:
-Child custody and visitation rights
-Distribution of personal property, bank accounts, stocks and other assets
-Division of marital debts
-Sale or possession of the marital home
-Spousal support and temporary support
Family law mediators who encourage cooperation:
Mediation gives you and your spouse the opportunity to negotiate a divorce settlement in a more amicable setting by working with a trained facilitator. The mediation process fosters cooperation between partners, and it produces less stress and hostility than is usually associated with litigation. Mediation often reduces the time and costs of divorce, and it puts the decisions in your hands. We help you obtain the most equitable divorce settlement, fair child support agreement and healthy child custody arrangement.
Put a family law litigator on your side:
Sometimes, litigation is necessary to resolve your family's disputes. Having a strong litigator by your side helps reduce the uncertainty and stress of the arduous litigation process and it helps you obtain the most favorable trial outcome. Through tactical trial strategies and our dynamic courtroom presence, we successfully represent clients throughout the adversarial litigation process.
Family Law, Divorce, Collaborative Law, Alimony, Child Custody, Child Support, Interstate Custody and Child Support, Domestic Violence, Qualified Domestic Relations Orders
-1994: U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
University of Baltimore, J.D.
Anne Arundel County Bar Association; Maryland State Bar Association; Maryland Women's Bar Association, Judicial Selections Committee; Anne Arundel County Women's Bar Association
Pi Sigma Alpha. Member: Board of Directors, Elizabeth's Landing Community Association, 19861995; Board of Directors, St. Jane Frances School, 19931999. Guest Judge, Anne Arundel County High School Moot Court Competition, Named "Leading Lawyer" as voted by her peers, What's Up Annapolis Magazine 2009, 2010 and 2010 Super Lawyer as named in Baltimore Magazine. Qualified by the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County to testify in the field of family law.
Hart v. Hart, 169 Md. App. 151, 899 A.2d 965 (2006)
University of Baltimore