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Samantha P. Rodier

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Samantha Protokowicz Rodier, Esq.


  • Harford Day School, 1994
  • Garrison Forest School, 1998
  • Tulane University, B.A., Cum Laude, 2001

Law School:

  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 2005


  • Maryland & U.S. District Court, District of  Maryland, 2005


  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Harford County Bar Assoication
  • Baltimore County Bar Association
  • Women's Bar Association of Maryland
  • Harford County Chapter of the WBA
  • Baltimore-Carroll Chapter of the WBA
  • Harford County Family Law Advisory Committee
  • MSBA Family Law Section Counsel


  • Judicial Law Clerk: Hon. William O. Carr, Administrative Judge, Circuit Court of Harford County, 2005-2006
  • Baltimore-Area Tulane University Alumni Club (Co-President, 2006-2013)
  • University of Baltimore Intellectual Property Law
  • Journal (Business Editor, 2004-2005)
  • Garrison Forest School Alumnae Board, 2009 to Present
  • Board of Trustees, Harford Day School, 2010 to 2013
  • MSBA Family Law Section Counsel, Member (2016-2017, 2017-2020)
  • Harford County Chapter of the Women's Bar Association of Maryland, President ('17-'19), Vice President ('15-'16)
  • Maryland State Bar Association Leadership Academy, Past Fellow (''15-'16)
  • Maryland Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Member

Potential Complications When Dating During the Divorce Process

April 20, 2022

It’s not unusual for a separated spouse to reenter the dating scene before their divorce is officially finalized. People move on, it’s natural, but it’s also undeniable that the timing of a new relationship can impact one’s divorce process. If you are considering dating during the divorce process, it is essential that you consider the…

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Can I Avoid Court When Filing For Divorce?

April 20, 2022

Appearing in court can be a high-anxiety experience, especially during the divorce process. In Maryland, it is not required to spend the entire process in and out of court dates. Here at Rodier Family Law, our experienced and knowledgeable divorce attorneys discuss what can be done to avoid many trips to the courthouse during the…

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Overlooked Steps Involved in the Divorce Process You Need to Know About

March 9, 2022

Many couples going through a divorce are experiencing this process for the first time. Those who are new to the divorce process can overlook certain steps that are necessary for protecting assets and other critical details that may impact your future. It’s important that you don’t rush through a divorce because simple yet important  things…

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How is Private Adoption Different From Public Adoption?

March 9, 2022

Adopting a child is a document intensive, and sometimes lengthy, but fulfilling process. Understanding the process and requirements before beginning is essential to ensure that you can proceed successfully. Below, our team of family law attorneys discuss the step-by-step process for private adoption in Maryland.    Private Versus Public Adoption Private adoptions do not involve…

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Types of Custody and How Maryland Courts Establish Co-Parenting

March 2, 2022

If you and your ex-spouse have decided to file for joint custody, it’s important to understand how the court will establish it. Below, the attorneys at Rodier Family Law discuss the various types of court-ordered custody and how Maryland courts establish custody rights to co-parents.    Different Types of Custody Rights in Maryland In the…

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What to Do When A Co-Parent Breaks the Custody Agreement

March 2, 2022

One of the main purposes of a custody agreement is to establish a formal plan for how co-parents will approach childcare after divorce or separation. When one co-parent breaks the custody agreement, it can cause frustration and anger and lead to fractured relationships with the co-parent and children involved. If your ex-partner has broken your…

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Rodier Family Law Welcomes Kristen Barrett to the Team

February 1, 2022

The attorneys at Rodier Family Law are pleased to announce that acclaimed family law attorney Kristen Barrett has joined the firm.  Kristen received a Bachelor of Arts from Boston University, and then continued her education at the Catholic University of America, where she obtained her Juris Doctor degree. Kristen has been representing clients in legal…

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How to Talk to Your Children About Your Divorce

December 28, 2021

Divorce affects not only you and your ex-spouse, but your children as well. One of the best ways to help your children adjust to your divorce is to openly communicate with them. Below, the attorneys at Rodier Family Law discuss how to effectively speak to your children about your divorce and custody arrangements.   Take…

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Five Tips for Co-Parenting This Holiday Season

December 23, 2021

With holidays right around the corner, it’s important to communicate what this year’s plans and parenting schedule will be with your ex-spouse. Co-parenting is easiest to navigate with proper communication, consistency, cooperation and planning. Below, the family law attorneys at Rodier Family law discuss five tips for successful co-parenting this holiday season.    Clearly Communicate…

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