Family Law Attorney in Maryland and DC

Passionate legal strategies for life’s most personal matters.

Divorce ● Child Custody/Visitation ● Alimony ● Protective Order ● Peace Orders ● Contempt Orders ● Modification of Orders ● Civil Protection Orders (CPO) ● Separation Agreements and Mutual Consent Divorce.

Representing families in Divorce and Child Custody matters in Maryland and the District of Columbia for Over a Decade

Whether you are anticipating the joys of adoption or experiencing the frustrations of marital conflict, Colbert Law Firm can help. We have served families in Prince George’s County, Anne Arundel County, Charles County Howard County and Washington, D.C. for more than 15 years.

Janelle Ryan-Colbert, Esq. focuses on negotiating Separation Agreements, Divorce, Child Support, Custody, Visitation, Parenting Plans, Division of Marital Property, Alimony, Contempt Actions, Modifications and all other family law issues.


When you decide to end your marriage, it is very important that you understand your rights and obligations.
The separation process can be overwhelming. Speaking with an experienced & supportive attorney who will guide you through the process & provide personalized recommendations for your situation is essential.

Child Custody/Visitation

Decisions regarding your children and child custody are paramount when you are dealing with a separation or divorce.
Designing a parenting plan that focuses on your child’s best interests while assuring that you remain an active part of your child’s life is critical. Your ability to financially support your child is of major concern.

Father’s Right’s Advocacy & Representation

Father’s rights advocacy is an “important part” of Ms. Ryan-Colbert’s family law practice. She believes that it takes the love, guidance and support of BOTH parents to secure the best possible future of a child. While she fully understands that each case is different, and that there are times that one parent may be more suitable for primary custody, she believes that children thrive best when Both parents have generous time sharing with the children.

Protective/Peace Orders

Colbert Law Firm LLC has represented clients who are victims of domestic violence. If you are dealing with a domestic violence legal matter, we can help you obtain a protective order or peace order to protect yourself and your family against an aggressor. Have you been threatened, harassed or assaulted by spouse, domestic partner or friend, if so we will fight to ensure your protection against the perpetrator? With more than a decade of experience in handling protective orders and peace orders, we can help!
Colbert Law Firm LLC has also represented clients who have been falsely charged with domestic violence. If you are dealing with a domestic violence legal matter, you probably wish the whole thing would disappear and that it had never happened. One occurrence is all that is required for law enforcement to become involved. Once this happens, restraining orders and being unable to come home to see your loved ones are typical results from an alleged domestic abuse incident. Our firm will work with you to get the restraining orders removed and help you get back together with your family.



Child Custody, Access and Child Support and Alimony once ordered by the court do not change unless the court modifies the order. If either the custodial or the noncustodial parent, or former spouse experiences a significant change in circumstances, we can guide you through the proper legal procedures to modify your court order.

We provide family law services in the following areas:

  • Alimony
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Child support
  • Child support modification, enforcement, and contempt
  • Divorce & Mutual Consent Divorce
  • Mediation and Settlement Negotiations: Divorce, Custody and Property issues
  • Guardianship
  • Marital Property Settlement Agreements/Mutual Consent Agreements
  • Pre and post-nuptial agreements


Divorce should not lead to financial crises. The Law Office of Janelle Ryan-Colbert helps you establish an equitable amount of spousal support..

Child custody and visitation

We protect your parental rights to raise your children in an appropriate and supportive home.

Child support

We can ensure that you receive or pay an equitable amount of the financial support required to raise your children in a healthy, happy environment.

Child support modification and enforcement

Child support payments do not change unless the court modifies the child support order. If either the custodial or the noncustodial parent experiences a significant change in circumstances, we can guide you through the proper legal procedures to modify your child support payments accordingly, and defend you if you get behind in your payments by working out payments with the Court and keeping you out of jail.


Through mediation, mutual consent or litigation, we can help you gain the most equitable results from your divorce, including fair distribution of assets, pensions, retirement plans, and all other investments, division of the marital home, child support payments and child custody and visitation rights.


Mediation puts the decisions in your hands and can often provide more expedient, predictable results than a trial. We can help you obtain the most equitable divorce, property and custody settlements. Further, we try to proceed through mediation and negotiation to keep legal fees at the lowest possible cost.

Pre and post-nuptial agreements

The Law Office of Janelle Ryan-Colbert expects the unexpected and drafts premarital and postmarital agreements that protect both spouses’ interests and that can alleviate some of the stress if you ever divorce.

Contact a dedicated Upper Marlboro family law attorney.

For assistance on any family law matter, call the Law Office of Janelle Ryan-Colbert at (301) 576-6200 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation.

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