Over 28 years of marriage, my spouse became increasingly verbally abusive and ultimately ended up completely mentally unstable and threatened my life as well as his own. Denial on my part for years became reality in an instant, and I asked friends if they knew of someone who could help me with this devastating situation. A neighbor who worked at the Montgomery County Courthouse recommended Maria Vacchio as an attorney with an impeccable reputation in domestic situations. I called Maria's office and she made time to see me within 24 hours. She immediately began to counsel me and let me know the realities of my situation, as well as to put into motion a protective order. For 14 months Maria was on top of my situation, which included hospitalization of my spouse in a mental ward and his contempt of court for ignoring the protective order. During this entire time, he had just two 1-week periods of time when his doctors said he was mentally capable of making decisions for himself. It did not matter to Maria what time of day or night -- if I needed her, she was there. There were many times outside of normal office hours that she responded to me, and one evening in particular she met me at her office at 7 p.m. to work on a settlement proposal and submit it while his doctors deemed his mental condition to be stable. Ultimately, after 14 long months, I was granted a final divorce and was able to maintian ownership of my two homes. My two children were in college during this time, and they were able to complete their education and, thanks to Maria, we all have been able to move forward with productive and happy lives. No one truly 'wins' in a situation like this one, but I am so fortunate to have found Maria when I needed someone just like her. She is my attorney, my friend, and someone to whom I will be eternally grateful for my life, my happiness, and my ability to have made a good life for myself. I credit her with all of this - literally she saved my life and my future.