Maginnis Law Office - family law

Maginnis Law Office
1717 K, NW Street
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-659-4420
Fax: 202-776-0136
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Alternative Families

Skilled Lawyer in Washington DC, Northern Virginia and the Montgomery County Area

Professional Advice for Alternative Families

If you are in a committed relationship but were never married, you may be uncertain what rights you have when that relationship ends.

  • How is property divided?
  • If there are minor children, how are issues such as custody, visitation and support resolved?

At the office of attorney John C. Maginnis, III, I provide advocacy to individuals throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia who are involved in non-traditional or alternative family arrangements.

For over 30 years, I have provided clients with professional counsel and a high level of personal service. I have intentionally kept my practice small, so I can devote full attention to every case. When you hire me to handle your legal issues, you will always work directly with me.

To set up an appointment for a free initial consultation, contact my office or call me at 202-659-4420.

My Representation in Alternative Family Situations

I provide comprehensive counsel to men and women in non-traditional family situations, including same-sex couples and men and women in domestic partnerships. I will handle all matters that may arise, including custody, support and property issues. I will work with you at any stage of a dispute, from the initial breakup and the establishment of temporary orders through the final resolution and post-judgment requests for modification or enforcement.

In Washington, DC, the laws have changed to provide more protection to individuals in alternative family relationships. If you have registered as a domestic partnership in the District of Columbia, you are entitled to all the legal rights you would have as if you were married in the traditional sense of the term.

The laws other jurisdictions are still unsettled regarding the rights of individuals in domestic partnerships, including same-sex relationships. You are best served being represented by an experienced family law attorney.

With over 30 years of hand-on experience handling all matters related to divorce, separation, child custody, visitation, child support, alimony or spousal support, and marital property division, I have a full understanding of how the courts handle these matters and can be a strong and effective advocate for you.

Contact the Maginnis Law Office

For a free initial consultation, contact me or call me at 202-659-4420. My office is conveniently located on the Dupont Circle Metro stop.


At the Maginnis Law Office, in Washington, D.C., I represent men and women throughout the greater District of Columbia area in northern Virginia and Maryland, including Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Springfield, McLean, Reston, Fairfax, Bethesda, Rockville, Silver Spring, Greenbelt, College Park, Fort Washington and Chevy Chase; and in Fairfax County, Montgomery County, Arlington County, and Prince Georges County.