The Women's Law Center of Maryland is involved in the following projects:
- Employment Law Hotline
- Family Law Hotline
- Legal Forms Helpline
- Protection Order Advocacy and Representation Project
- The Multi-Ethnic Domestic Violence Project
- Kaufman Alimony Guidelines
Employment Law Hotline (ELH)
Volunteer attorneys answer questions about your rights in the workplace such as discrimination in hiring, firing, promotions or other working conditions, discrimination based on pregnancy, sexual harassment, family or medical leave issues, unpaid wages, contract issues and more.
The ELH operates on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and the first Thursday of the month from 5:00 pm. to 7:30 p.m. at 1-877-422-9500
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Family Law Hotline
The Hotline is a free service to people with basic family law questions such as "What are the grounds for divorce?" or "If I leave with the kids, can I still get child support?" The volunteer attorneys screen the clients for income eligibility and collect basic data required by the funding source, Maryland Legal Services Corporation. The hotline is staffed by attorneys experienced in family law, and is operated in partnership with the Legal Aid Bureau, Inc.
The Hotline operates at 1-800-845-8550 Monday through Friday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.
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Legal Forms Helpline
The Helpline is a free telephone service for people who are able to file their family law cases pro se, because their cases are uncomplicated and uncontested. Attorneys help callers understand the process or completing form pleadings.
The Helpline operates at 1-800-818-9888 Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm and Thursday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.
A Spanish-speaking attorney is available by calling 1-877-293-2507. Leave a message and an attorney will return your call. (Spanish only)
Protection Order Advocacy and Representation Project
(Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Carroll County)
The Protection Order Advocacy and Representation Project represents victims of domestic violence at protection order hearings in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Carroll County Circuit Courts. The Project's attorneys represent people who have been abused by an intimate partner (current or past boyfriend/girlfriend, current or ex spouse) in proceedings to obtain protection orders, enforce protection orders through contempt, and modify existing protection orders.
The project is open Monday through Friday and there is no charge. For more information, call 410-783-0377 in Baltimore City, 410-887-3162 in Baltimore County, and 410-386-2440 in Carroll County.
The Multi-Ethnic Domestic Violence Project (MEDOVI)
MEDOVI offers assistance and legal representation to address the special needs of foreign-born victims of domestic violence in Maryland. Using provisions under the Violence Against Women Act [VAWA], MEDOVI staff work with people who have been abused by a spouse or intimate partner. MEDOVI services are confidential and can help you to attain legal immigration status without having to rely on the support of your abuser.
For more information about the program, call 410-396-3294.
Each year, the WLC screens cases and places 40 low-income clients involved in contested custody cases in Baltimore County with experienced attorneys who provide their services for free to clients. The attorneys involved in this project agree to be paid a significantly reduced fee by the WLC to represent clients and continue their service for the duration of the case, even if the payment cap is exceeded.
For more information about this project, call 410-321-8761.
Kaufman Alimony Guidelines
(A Resource for Legal Professionals in Maryland)
The Kaufman Alimony Guidelines are a tool to help lawyers and decision-makers develop appropriate alimony awards that achieve equitable results and improve outcomes for Maryland's families. The Kaufman Alimony Guidelines provide a recommendation regarding whether alimony should be awarded, including an amount and duration. Child support is calculated using the Maryland Child Support Guidelines, and tax implications of the award are reflected. The software takes into account: length of the marriage; age of claimant; education and earning potential of the claimant; income of the parties; and, child care responsibilities. The Women's Law Center is providing the Kaufman Alimony Guidelines to the legal community as a public service. Legal professionals can download and use the Kaufman Alimony Guidelines free of charge.
Contact the Women's Law Center at 410-321-8761 or firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions and log in information.