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Christy A. Zlatkus

Divorce and separation Attorney at Rockville, MD

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also known as Z Family Law

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About Christy

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I am passionate about the practice of family law and I represent clients in all aspects of family law including complex family law litigation and negotiation.  When I first meet my clients, they are typically going through some of the most challenging times in their personal lives: divorce, custody disputes, relocation, post-judgment issues or support issues.  It is my goal to find resourceful and cost-effective solutions to their problems, with the least stress possible.


I have a deep love of families, which come in all shapes and sizes.  I have always believed that families are the backbone of society, and that, for most people, their families are the most important thing on earth.  That is why I got into Family Law.

As I work with my clients to make a plan of action, I always keep in mind that it is important to maintain and protect family relationships.  At the end of a case, the family remains.  Even when people are divorcing, if they have children, they are really creating two separate families that will forever be entwined through the lives and experiences of those children.


I am a strong believer in continuing legal education.  I am constantly sharpening my skills and updating my knowledge of Maryland family law though a variety of continuing legal education courses including programs on topics such as family law practice updates, child counsel training, mediation, collaborative law, marital property, domestic violence, and international relocation and abduction.


I received my juris doctor from the George Washington University Law School and two Bachelor of the Arts degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park.  Prior to entering private practice, I completed a two-year judicial clerkship with the Honorable Sherrie L. Krauser in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland. 


I am licensed to practice law in Maryland and I am a member of the MontgomeryCounty and Maryland State Bar Associations.

Licensed for 13 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2018
Updated 06/08/2022
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 2009
Updated 11/12/2022

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Z Family Law, LLC
51 Monroe Street
Suite 1501
Rockville, MD, 20850
Z Family Law
143 West Patrick Street
Frederick, MD, 21701
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Posted by Elizabeth | March 1, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Christy got me through the worst year of my life and away from a very toxic ex, with the settlement I needed to start over.
Christy's professionalism, fierce intelligence, dedication to her craft, and no BS way of walking me through what each step of the divorce process will look like has given me courage and strength to stand strong against a very toxic ex. My child and I have a brighter future thanks to her guidance. I am especially grateful for her no-nonsense talk at the beginning, when she told me no sane person would attempt to perform surgery on themselves, and that trying to do my case with limited counsel to 'save' money would cost me loads more in the long run, as I would have to pay an attorney to fix mistakes I would make on my own. I am so grateful I took that advice, as well as all her other guidance. I've been able to compartmentalize my ex's behavior, leaning into the mantra she gave me at the outset: 'Not my problem, talk to my attorney.' I am able to focus on forging a new life for myself, knowing that she's got my back and is looking out for my legal interests. Over the past few months, I've found myself repeating her insight as a personal affirmation: 'This will be the worst year of your life, but you can get through it.' Thanks to her help, I am.
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Response from Christy Zlatkus March 5, 2019
Thank you so much for your belief in me to get you through it! It's an honor to serve families like yours!
Posted by Laura | November 28, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Family Law
Christy came highly recommended to me and I am so thankful that I hired her as my divorce attorney. She is responsive, calm and constructive. She helped me set healthy boundaries, but used her best judgment not to escalate the situation. This was a very difficult time for my family and her ability to remain calm helped tremendously! Her passion for families is undeniable and I am so thankful I had the chance to work with her.
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Posted by Bethany | November 23, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer
Christy represented me in my divorce and I couldn't have asked for a better attorney. She always responded quickly to my concerns and questions; giving me exceptional advice. Worked hard trying to get me the only thing I really wanted, full custody of my kids. I felt like she became part of our family. She always put my kid's needs first. She always gave me her honest opinion even if it was something that I didn't want to hear. I would highly recommend Christy and this firm to anyone looking for an attorney. They are amazing and I can't praise them enough.
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Posted by William (Bill) Planta | July 23, 2015
Excellent Family Law Attorney
I have worked with Ms. Zlatkus on a number of cases. Ms. Zlatkus combines her knowledge of family law with a practical common sense approach designed to maximize her client's potential for a positive outcome. Ms. Zlatkus is prepared, effective, and persuasive: three traits which every successful attorney must possess.
Posted by MR. BRYNTON THOMAS | October 30, 2014
Christy Zlatkus AVERY & UPTON
My representation by Ms. Christy Zlatkus could not have been better. Christy was professional, knowledgeable and hard working. As well as kind and down to earth. Avery and Upton provided results in a difficult legal circumstance. Christy was a key element in making this happen. I would definitely recommend her to anyone seeking proper family representation.
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Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Z Family Law, LLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Avery & Upton
  • 2012 - 2018


  • George Washington University National Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006


  • Montgomery County Bar Foundation
  • Chair of Continuing Legal Education
  • 2018 - Present
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Montgomery American Inn of Court
  • Associate Member
  • 2013 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English


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Attorney endorsements

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Given (6)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Christy is an effective litigator and excellent negotiator. She zealously represents her clients and always advocates for what is in their best interests."
Family Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Christy is a fierce advocate and works hard for her clients. She is well respected among the legal profession and is a model of what an attorney should strive to be."
Family Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have been opposing counsel to Christy several times in family law matters and found her professionalism a refreshing asset. She zealously advocates for her clients, timely responds to requests, and pays close attention to detail allowing for her clients immediate and long term needs to be met. Divorce is difficult, yet Christy makes it easier by always being on top of her cases and addressing concerns immediately. She is a pleasure to work with and I would welcome the opportunity to be opposing counsel to Christy to allow us to continue to successfully settle our cases preventing our clients from spending thousands of dollars on litigating their family matters and instead spending that money on their children."
Family Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to work with Christy Zlatkus in many capacities. I have mediated cases in which she was an attorney. I have worked on cases with her. Christy is always prepared and organized. She is a passionate and compassionate advocate for her clients, and a very smart attorney. Her clients are in good hands with Christy."

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Rockville Divorce and separation Lawyer Christy A. Zlatkus
Christy A. Zlatkus
Divorce and separation Attorney
Rockville, MD
Licensed for 13 years