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Christina M Bayne

Family Attorney at Annapolis, MD

4.7   12 reviews

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About Christina

Learn Christina’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    I handle mainly divorce, separation and custody actions. Family law has been my main focus area since I began practicing in 2003.

  2. Adoption
    I handle stepparent adoptions.

  3. Estate planning
    I prepare Last Wills and Testamtents and probate estates.


I am a native of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, and have focused my legal profession in the area of family law.  After law school, I began working with  law firms as an associate attorney focusing mainly on family law cases.  I have successfully negotiated and resolved numerous divorce and custody cases, and I have tried numerous contested divorce cases and contested custody cases across the State of Maryland, with my primary practice in Anne Arundel County.  Not only have I represented parties in divorce and custody actions, I have also been appointed by the Court as a best interests attorney for children.  Additionally, I volunteer some of my time at the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County as a facilitator to help mediate cases at Scheduling Conferences.


In recognition of my standing in the legal community, I have been designated as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers and Baltimore magazines for the past three years.


In regards to my education, I received my Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2003.  During law school, I served as an Affiliate Editor of Margins Law Journal and served as a summer judicial clerk for the Honorable Judge Philip T. Caroom, in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County.  I received my undergraduate degree Magna Cum Laude from the University of Maryland located in College Park in the year 2000.  I was a member of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.




Licensed for 19 years
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 11/19/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Christina

Law Office of Christina Bayne P.A.
91 Cathedral Street
First Floor
Annapolis, MD, 21401


4.7 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
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Posted by Moses | June 1, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ms. Bayne is a phenomenal family law attorney! My wife and I have been her clients since 2015 and from the get go she listened and empathized. She is real and transparent; providing the proper strategy and letting you know every course of action along the way. We had very difficult cases, especially our contested adoption case. She went above and beyond for us and she will go above and beyond for you. We really enjoyed our strategy sessions with her where we would lay out different options, analyze the pros and cons, and then make a decision for the best way forward with backup options at the ready. She will also be honest and does not tell you want you want to hear, instead, she tells you the truth even if that truth is inconvenient. She's quick thinking and knows how to push the opposing side. Ms. Bayne is a deeply caring attorney and doesn't just see you as another number. I would VERY HIGHLY recommend her! Thank you so much Christina for being there for us and our family and fighting for us!
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Posted by Susan | January 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney!
Christina helped me through my very bumpy divorce. She was extremely knowledgeable, responsive all the while very kind and supportive. She truly cared not only about me but also my costs and spared me from unnecessary expenses. I couldn't be more grateful for all her help. I warmly recommend her to anyone in need of an attorney.
Posted by Shannon | March 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knows the law and Attentive
Christina represented me in a Grandparent Custody case, and I can tell you without a doubt that she knows what she is doing, is very attentive to her Clients, very thorough, and will do what she knows is in the best interest of her Client! It is because of Christina's help and knowledge of the law that my Grandson is in my care and is now a happy, healthy, and safe almost 2 year old. Without Christina's help he may not be here today. She got me through a very complicated and discouraging legal process that does not currently support Grandparents Rights in Maryland.
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Posted by James | August 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank You Christina !
For your support and expertise throughout this ongoing child custody case. I sincerely appreciate that you really took the time to listen and learn as much as I could share about the circumstances surrounding my custody situation. I can certainly tell that you know the laws and have worked diligently to research examples of other cases that have similarities to mine. You are a true professional who not only fights for the client and child in their best interest, but can truly see that you know you are fighting for people and families that deserve your very best. You truly are the best and my daughter and I are so fortunate to have you as an advocate.
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Posted by Joe D | July 1, 2015
Best Divorce Lawyer Ever!!! 5 Stars!!!
There's really nothing else to say about Christina from her favorite client. She is reliable, knowledgeable, honest, ethical, and will tell you up front what to expect before and after court. I went through one of the most difficult times, if not the most difficult time of my life feeling helpless to protect my child as a result of the bitterness of a divorce. After hiring an attorney who thought my divorce would be an easy one, I was referred to Christina to take over my case. She did an excellent job and I could not be more satisfied. I have referred at least 3 people to her for assistance. Highly recommend! Rate her 5 plus stars!!!
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Posted by Michelle Rodgers | June 17, 2015
Divorce and custody.
It's was nice to have Mrs.Bayne as my attorney. I would recommend her as an attorney to anyone with out a worry. My ex was making things very hard and any time I had a question I would email Mrs. Bayne and I knew no matter the day or time she would respond. If she knew she wouldn't be able to get right back because she was in court she would send me a message letting me know. She is very down to earth and not looking just to take your money but to try and make the process the easiest it can be considering the situation. You may not like all that she will tell you but she is always honest and won't tell you something just to make you feel better. If she believes the court won't be on your side for something she will tell you and will let you decide how to proceed. I'm thankful I found her and if I ever need an attorney again she will be the first person I call. Since my case has been closed I still had a few questions and she was still willing to answer them and help me and not just pawn me off since my case was closed. There was never a time I was ever disappointed with my choice hiring Mrs.Bayne. Michelle
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Posted by Leighanne | June 10, 2015
Most caring and compassionate attorney ever!!!
Christina is the most caring and compassionate attorney I have ever had. She goes above and beyond for me even after my case had closed. Day or night she's there to answer any questions I may have, offers advice or just there for support. She knows the law like the back of her hand and is quick as a whip in the court room. I highly recommend her to anyone going to family court!
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Posted by Wally | June 10, 2015
Knowledgeable Divorce Attorney
Christina is very knowledgeable about the divorce process. She was very response when I had any questions and if she was tied up in court she would let me know. I totally trusted Christina and would highly recommend her! She is down to earth and cares about her clients. She is very honest regarding her billing for services too. She is a professional and I cannot thank her enough.
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Posted by Sheronda | March 16, 2015
Highlhy Competent & Compassionate Attorney
When I first met Christina, I knew that God had put me in good hands. Christina is a very knowledgeable family law attorney. She helped me through one of the most difficult experiences I had ever faced. She handled my case professionally, making sure that I was prepared for my hearings. Christina guided me through every step of the divorce process and did not mind listening to all of the thoughts, questions and concerns that I had. After all was said and done, through her efforts, I was awarded the long-overdue child support and custody arrangement that I needed and peace of mind to close a very difficult and sad chapter in my life.
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Posted by Tammi | September 25, 2013
By far the best Attorney I have ever dealt with .... A++++ Rating
Christina was an excellent attorney. She was informative, confident and put me at ease over the entire legal process. She kept me informed on all processes of the system and lent a shoulder when I was stressed (which is unheard of from an attorney). I highly recommend her to everyone. She is a fantastic Attorney with great values, great mannerisms, and incredible knowledge of the family legal system.
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Posted by Marlene | January 17, 2013
Absolutely an incredible attorney!
Christina Bayne has always made sure that she worked toward the best interest of myself and my children. I felt as though she would put herself in my shoes and give advice based on her experience with the law and court proceedings. Many situations came up that required legal advice and she was always very quick to respond and was always very supportive. I never felt intimidated by her and/or asking questions in regards to my rights with the law. She never made me feel like I was wasting her time with "stupid" questions. There is no doubt that I would highly recommend her and will definitely continue to retain her should I need additional representation for legal proceedings.
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Posted by anonymous | December 29, 2014
Doesn't know MD Law
Consulted with Ms. Bayne on a divorce matter. She stated that since we did not live together in Maryland, we had to file in Pennsylvania where we did live together. Called Pennsylvania lawyers and they all said she doesn't know what she's talking about -- you have to file in the state in which you reside because your state of residence is where jurisdiction is held. Not going back to this firm.
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Response from Christina Bayne June 10, 2015
If husband lives in Maryland and wife lives in Pennsylvania a divorce action can be filed in either Maryland or Pennsylvania provided that the length of residence requirement has been met. However, if wife has no contacts with Maryland, and all of the marital property is physically located in Pennsylvania, the only relief that the Maryland court can grant is the divorce. The Maryland Court is not able to deal with any marital property issues. Additionally, if the parties have children together and they reside in Pennsylvania and have resided in Pennsylvania for more than 6 months prior to the filing of the divorce, Maryland Courts also do not have jurisdiction to consider custody, visitation, or child support issues. Therefore, the issue of where to file is much more complicated then it is portrayed in the above comment. Based on the information received from a client, I try to refer them on the best course of action. It typically does not make sense to be litigating custody in one state and the divorce in another. Furthermore, if there is a pending custody action in Pennsylvania and husband files in Maryland, wife may file a motion to dismiss and/or transfer in Maryland to have all actions heard in Pennsylvania, which will only increase attorney's fees in both cases.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Christina Bayne P.A.
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Jimeno & Gray
  • 2010 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Murnane & O'neill
  • 2004 - 2010
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Circuit Court For Anne Arundel County
  • 2001 - 2001
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  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000


  • Anne Arundel County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Circuit Court of Anne Arundel County
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2003 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Rising Star
  • Baltimore Magazine
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Baltimore Magazine
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (7)
Endorse Christina
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Christina is an excellent lawyer and very knowledgeable in the area of divorce, child custody and other family law matters. I refer all of my clients to her for assistance with their family law needs as I know she will provide them with the very best legal representation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is very well prepared, compassionate, and respected in the legal community. Christina has great people skills, and works well with other lawyers even in difficult situations. She is very knowledgeable about divorce, custody and all issues that families deal with in their most difficult times."
Family Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Christina Bayne is the real deal. She is smart as a whip, well prepared, a pleasure to work with or against, has the respect of the judges and represents her clients zealously. I fully expect Christina to be called " Your Honor" some day in the future. For now, however, one need look no further for a lawyer other than Christina. I have been practicing many decades and she recently whipped my butt in a highly complicated and fiercely contested matter, but did so with the highest degree of professionalism. Lawyers on the other side of cases from Christina had better bring their "A" game or they will have very disappointed clients. she represents the best of the Bar."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Christina is an excellent attorney. I have had several cases against her and in each case she represented her client in an aggressive and highly competent manner. I would recommend her to any person searching for an attorney."
Family Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Christina and I have been opposing counsel on a number of cases. In each, I know I can expect her to be a competent and well-prepared advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Christina and I were opposing counsel in a divorce case. She is easy to work with and very knowledgeable in family law matters."
Family Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Christina is always well prepared and very knowledgeable about the law. She is a true advocate for her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She works hard for her clients but is respectful and courteous to opposing counsel. I have worked with Ms. Bayne as opposing counsel on many cases and she is an excellent attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Bayne is a well respected lawyer in the community. She is very knowledgeable in all areas of family and domestic practice."
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