Posted by Katie & Tim D.
We worked with Marla on a high-conflict custody battle that ended up dragging on for over a year. Since we were going to court against the ex-wife, we wanted a lawyer who had extensive knowledge and experience at representing the father’s side and I am definitely glad we secured Marla Zide for our counsel. She brought a straightforward no-nonsense mindset to our situation and immediately began working on our case. From start to finish, she fought for our interests and assessed our case from every possible angle to provide us with the best representation and outlook. In a high conflict custody battle where stress and tension are overwhelming, Marla addressed our abundance of questions and concerns with tact and sensitivity. Marla Zide always presented the accurate and honest truth to us and made sure we were informed of all changes to our case. It was refreshing to work with an attorney that did not sugar coat the reality of the situation or drag out a case to take advantage of you financially. She demonstrated her commitment to our case by making time on multiple occasions to confer with us over the phone and/or in person outside of her normal operating hours, which is certainly not something all lawyers will do. As an attorney, her approach to our case was uniquely crafted to fit our situation and grew organically from the beginning. She was not afraid to switch tactics or to invest extensive time and effort to research different avenues the case can potentially take. I can assure you these qualities are not universal across all legal counsel. Without her representation, we wouldn’t have had any chance of the extremely favorable settlement that we received. Throughout the course of the year that we were involved in this case, Marla remained conscientious to our needs, which helped lessen the detrimental impact of this case on our daily lives. If the need arose, we would definitely retain Marla’s services again. Her associates were also very helpful in our case, but we worked primarily with Marla throughout the process, which I would recommend. Although it would be less expensive to have her associates assist, in a high-stakes battle for your rights as a parent, you want the absolutely best person arguing for your interests and Marla Zide is the person for the job.
Posted by Eleanor
We were very fortunate to have Marla assist us through the second parent adoption process. She was not only extremely knowledgeable, but a fierce advocate... both of these qualities are critical given how heavily you have to rely on your attorney throughout these types of legal procedures. Marla and her staff were highly responsive, dependable, and compassionate. We could not have asked for better legal representation and therefore highly recommend Marla and her team.
Posted by Kelly
My wife and I retained Marla’s services for the adoption of our daughter. My wife gave birth to our daughter via artificial insemination and we were unaware of Maryland Laws regarding the protection of the non-biological parent and didn’t know where to turn. After doing research and speaking with several friends Marla was recommended. Marla went above and beyond to ensure we were educated on the laws and provided much needed support. Her hard work and organization kept us relaxed and made for a streamlined and easy process. Our family is now complete because of Marla!
Anonymous review posted on
I retained the services of Marla Zide initially for my separation agreement and then my subsequent divorce. Between Marla and two of her associates, I was extremely satisfied and thankful for all the guidance that was provided to me throughout the entire process. If I am ever in need of family related legal services in the future, I will utilize her office again with no hesitation.
Anonymous review posted on
I was going though a high-conflict custody battle with my
ex-H and I was very disappointed with my attorney. Finally I decided to change attorneys in the midst of the litigation and I am glad I did!
Marla, my new attorney, completely changed the strategy. We worked as a Team and The whole process became less stressful. Always gave a realistic advice and most importantly She was ready to fight and protect my kids' interests. I was very pleased with the results.
Anonymous review posted on
Marla helped review my marriage separation agreement, and provided consultation on what it meant, what should be changed, and gave me assurances to what rights of mine were protected. She also explained Maryland divorce law to me, and what the process was. She was very professional, and quickly jumped in and gave me exactly what I needed. Would definitely recommend.
Posted by becca
I have had to use Marla a few times over the past few years. The first time was for an emergency hearing whereas I was the defendant. My attorney was not able to represent me because of the expedited hearing. Marla was quick to respond, she took the time to meet with me, answered all my questions and asked the pertinent ones. Her retainer was fair and reasonable and she made some payment arrangements with me going forward. This hearing turned into a "change of circumstance" hearing which is what she predicted. She represented me professionally and we did not settle until it was equitable. Marla is still representing me today but on another matter. She has a very good repoir with her colleagues and the judges which I think is very helpful. She is able to talk to me in terms I understand and lay out all the possible scenarios. She was able to settle me when I needed and completely understood how such circumstances could rock someones perception. She ultimately left the decisions in my hands however with her guidance I felt as if the choices I made were educated instead of from emotion. She made herself very available, by email, phone and in person. Her rates are fair and she is an outstanding attorney. She really knows how to read people. She takes great notes and has an amazing memory. She is on point in the courtroom, she really thinks out of the box. She is a pro at witness preperation, speaking for myself as well as my witness'. We all knew what to expect and we were prepared for our nerve racking cross examination as well. Marla has worked very hard on behalf of my family the last few years. I have the utmost respect for her and her abilities and refer her everytime I get the chance.
Posted by Debbie
I used Ms. Zide for my exparte, separation and divorce when she first started practicing family law at the YWCA in Arnold and my case transferred over to her private practice with Alan Forman. I have not dealt with many attorneys or legal issues, but she went out of her way and above and beyond any expectations that I had to make the transition as easy as possible for my son, who was the real victim in the ugly divorce battle. When I felt like I wanted to be vindictive for all of the nasty things that my ex did, Marla was always there to ground me and give me a dose of reality, reminding me what was best for my child. She was so easy to talk to and I never felt like I was being judged at all. I appreciate everything that she did for me and my son. I obtained full physical custody and was able to finally become cordial with my ex and be able to talk about issues with my son.