Finding the Best Way Forward

for Any Family Law Dispute

COVID-19 Announcement

To our valued clients,

UPDATE Regarding Governor Hogan’s Stay at Home Order issued:

Parents who have court orders providing for children to spend time with both parents that require transportation between the parent’s home are permitted to travel back and forth under Governor Hogan’s new stay-at-home Order.  The Order specifically permits “travel required by a law enforcement officer or court order.”

We are open and here to help you.

If you have having a domestic violence concern or a concern about your custody schedule, contact us and we will work with you to help.

Avery & Upton has been continuing to operate during this difficult time.  We have expanded our use of telephone and video conferencing to reduce the need for in person meetings.  Most of us are working from home however, our physical office is minimally staffed to receive mail and to redirect telephone calls.  Email is the best way to reach us at this time.

We are accepting new clients and will conduct initial consultations by telephone or through video conferencing,

For those clients who are in litigation, the courts have updated their status and all courts are closed to the general public and all hearings, mediations, and parenting classes are postponed at least until May 1, 2020. There is a chance that cases will be further postponed. The courts are open for domestic violence cases, protective orders and emergencies.

For clients who are not in litigation, your cases will continue apace.  Some meetings and mediations have been postponed or may be done by video conference and others may be delayed in the future as we all learn how to operate in this new environment.

We appreciate your patience as we adapt to these necessary adjustments.  To everyone, practice good hygiene and social distancing and stay well.

Montgomery & Frederick County Family Law Attorneys

Emotions run high in any family law dispute. It is very difficult to keep everything in perspective. Perspective is perhaps the most important thing your lawyer brings to your case. We know that often what you think you want today (full custody, the house, the car, etc.) may not be what will make you the happiest several years from now.

As attorneys, it’s our job to consider your well-being in its entirety. We thoroughly assess your circumstances and then work with you to choose the strategy that fits you best from a full spectrum of dispute resolution options.

The day you call Avery & Upton should be the date your situation starts to improve. To schedule an appointment, call us at 301-762-7644. You can also contact us online, and we’ll get in touch with you.

Our Firm

Lawyers Bruce Avery & Prudence Upton are a father-daughter team with complementary skills: Mr. Avery is a former JAG attorney and a current leader in alternative dispute resolution while Ms. Upton is skilled in adversarial litigation. Each of the attorneys brings something unique to the mix and Avery & Upton’s clients benefit. Together with their team of legal assistants, the lawyers and staff members at Avery & Upton work together on each case. Our clients receive respect, personal attention, and caring service. You will never feel ignored, and you will always know what is happening in your case and why.

Meet Our Attorneys

Bruce E. Avery, Esquire

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Prudence Avery Upton, Esquire

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In Litigation, No One Wins

Emotionally and financially, litigation takes an enormous toll on everyone involved. We do our best to minimize that toll and only take actions on your behalf that don’t make your conflicts worse. Picturing your life after a divorce is not easy at first. There are numerous decisions, and it is difficult to imagine what your life will be like when your family is no longer together. Since 1993, we have been helping clients get through divorce and custody cases while preserving their relationships, dignity, and finances. Please speak with us to learn how we may be able to assist you.

To learn about what you can expect going through your case as a client at Avery & Upton, see the Client Handbook we give each client. 

Every Family Is Different

Our firm represents traditional and nontraditional families from across the world. We have had clients who have come from all religious backgrounds, ethnic backgrounds, and social backgrounds. We also represent gay, lesbian, and other nontraditional families. Some of our clients are in families where the parties are married, and some are in families where the parties are not married. We are dedicated to helping families move forward in a productive way.

Serving Montgomery, Frederick, Howard, Garrett & Allegany Counties​

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Hear What Our Clients Say

I can honestly say that choosing them was the best decision I made. The staff is warm and engaging and the atmosphere is laid-back. Prudence is a thoughtful and compassionate attorney who is very meticulous and extremely smart.
Divorce and Custody Client
I am forever grateful for their concern, dedication, and interest in providing me with a positive outcome. I truly felt they cared about me and my children, not just my case.
Divorce and Custody Client

Honors & Awards

We are delighted that all of our attorneys have been selected to the Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers lists for 2020.

Contact Us Today

Whether your case involves the new Maryland child support calculator, a military pension, or another family matter, we encourage you to learn more about our firm, either by exploring this website or by calling us to schedule an initial consultation. You can call us at 301-762-7644 — or you can contact us online anytime. Our office is located in Rockville, Maryland, and we serve clients throughout Montgomery County.

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