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Law Offices of Hollie S. Cutler, LLC

Mar 20, 2014 04:18PM ● By Cate Reynolds
Image titleHollie S. Cutler, Esq. has built a highly-respected private practice in Annapolis specializing in family law including separation, divorce, child custody, property, and family support issues. One of Anne Arundel County’s first female public defenders, Hollie garnered a solid reputation as a tenacious trial lawyer. Today, it is her accomplishments as a trial attorney, as well as her background as a skilled and professionally-trained mediator for both the courts and private clients, that truly set her apart. Ms. Cutler and herlegal team work together with their clients to effectively litigate, fairly negotiate, and resolutely resolve conflicts around divorce, child custody and access issues, property division, support and other disputes.

A graduate of the University of Maryland and the University of San Diego School of Law, Hollie has worked tirelessly since 1982 for clients across Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, Calvert, and Queen Anne’s counties. Ms. Cutler has been named one of Maryland’s “Legal Elite”. She is certified by the Maryland Collaborative Law Association in the practice of collaborative law, a method used to resolve disputes—including child access, business evaluation, support issues and division of property—without court intervention, and is a member of the Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence. Mediated resolutions and collaborative settlements can be of critical assistance in divorce cases to significantly improve outcomes for families and children.

“I see mediation and collaborative law as a way for people to create their own fate,” says Hollie, who finds the process rewarding after years of litigation. “But when settlement cannot be reached, I am prepared to litigate and take an issue to court to ensure the best possible result for my client.”

Ms. Cutler has served on the advisory board for Anne Arundel County Court Appointed Special Advocate Program (CASA) and taught numerous courses on family and business law at the University of Maryland, College Park, and Anne Arundel Community College. She has also been a speaker for “Legal Aspects of Divorce and Separation” program at the YWCA, and serves as a facilitator at the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County.

Hollie is an accomplished horsewoman and regularly competes in dressage competitions, hoping to ride this year in a pas de deux with her 12 year old daughter, Mikayla. She lives on a farm in Harwood with Mikayla, an event rider and local pony club member whom Hollie says is the “truly talented horsewoman inthe family.”

Image titleLaw Offices of Hollie S. Cutler, LLC
2060 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

Q. How does the court decide who should have custody, and are there different types of custody?

A. In deciding a custody arrangement, the courts look to the best interests of the child or children. So, if you are seeking custody, your job is to convince the court that the children’s interests are best served by being placed in the custody arrangement you are requesting. Basically, there are two forms of custody: legal and physical. Legal custody concerns decision-making authority, which could be joint or sole. Physical custody relates to where the children reside/where they sleep.

Hollie S. Cutler, Law Offices of Hollie S. Cutler, LLC