Hotlines

Hotline workers

The Women’s Law Center’s free hotlines answer questions about family law. Hotlines are staffed by experienced attorneys. While hotline attorneys cannot represent you in court, they will provide basic information to help you understand your rights and tell you about other community resources to help you. Hotline services are anonymous and are available to men and women.

Family Law Hotline

1-800-845-8550
M–F 9:30am–4:30pm

When you call the Family Law Hotline, you will talk briefly with an attorney for free. The attorney will give you basic information about Maryland family law to help you understand your rights and legal options. The lawyer can answer your questions about:

  • Separation
  • Divorce
  • Custody and visitation
  • Child support
  • Marital property
  • Alimony
  • Paternity
  • Name change
  • Guardianship

 

The Family Law Hotline attorney can not represent you in your family law case. The attorney may give you the phone number of a lawyer referral service in your area that may help you find an attorney to represent you.

You may call the Hotline as often as you need. Due to the heavy volume of calls received, Hotline services are limited to brief conversations that will provide you with information.

The Family Law Hotline services are available only to callers who are low-income. The Hotline attorney will ask you about your income and will collect other basic information.

The Family Law Hotline is operated in partnership with the Legal Aid Bureau, Inc. Your call will be answered by a Women’s Law Center staff attorney, volunteer attorney or Legal Aid Bureau staff attorney. All Family Law Hotline attorneys are knowledgeable about Maryland family law. You can read more about family law and the legal process at the Peoples Law Library.

Are you an attorney who would like to volunteer for the Family Law Hotline? Download the volunteer application.

Legal Forms Helpline

1-800-818-9888 (English)
T, W, F 9am–12:30pm, Th 9am–4pm

1-877-293-2507 (Spanish)

Leave a message and a Spanish-speaking attorney will return your call.

The Legal Forms Helpline is a free telephone service to assist you if you are filing your family law case without the help of an attorney. The Helpline attorney can explain how to complete the required domestic relations forms, how to file the papers and how to move your case forward.

The Helpline attorney can help you choose and complete forms you need for:

  • divorce
  • custody
  • visitation
  • child support
  • name change
  • modification of child support
  • modification of custody
  • modification of visitation
  • contempt for failure to pay child support
  • contempt for failure to provide visitation
  • guardianship

 

You can obtain a free copy of the packet of standard forms and instructions at the clerk’s office of the circuit court for each county in Maryland. They are available for download here. The Legal Forms Helpline attorney can be most helpful to you if you have looked at these forms before calling. You can read more about family law and the legal process at the Peoples Law Library.

The Legal Forms Helpline attorney can not represent you in your family law case. The attorney may give you the phone number of a lawyer referral service in your area that may help you find an attorney to represent you.

Handling your family law case without an attorney is appropriate only if your case is simple and there is little dispute between you and the other side. You should hire an attorney to represent you if you disagree with the other side about what should happen, especially if you disagree about custody, there is a significant amount of money or property involved, such as a home or retirement accounts, or if the other side has an attorney.