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Hadrian N. Hatfield
12505 Park Potomac Avenue
6th Floor
Potomac, MD 20854
F (301) 230-2891
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Hadrian N. Hatfield represents clients who want creative, informed, and thoughtful solutions to complex family law problems.  His in-depth knowledge and extensive experience ranges from cases with high-stakes and strong emotions to interstate and international situations.  Mr. Hatfield is fluent in French and has worked on international law issues at the U.S. Department of State.  Local and overseas clients often consult him on international family law matters such as:

  • International Pre-Nuptial Agreements;
  • Divorce litigation in two countries at the same time;
  • Foreign located marital assets;
  • International alimony and child support issues; and
  • Custody and visitation rights in international relocation or parental child abduction situations.

He is hands-on involved in crafting settlements, trying cases, and arguing appeals in the courts of Maryland and the District of Columbia.  His ability and effectiveness have been recognized by an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, Fellowships in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and in the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL), and repeated inclusion among the top family law practitioners by Washingtonian Magazine, SuperLawyers and Best Lawyers

Mr. Hatfield represents many clients who are in mediation, and is himself an accomplished mediator.  He has made private mediation part of his practice for over fifteen years, including mediation of international divorce and Hague Convention issues.  Mr. Hatfield participated in the pilot ABA International Family Mediation training in 2013.  He is also a member of the Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence (MPME), the Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution (MCDR), and a founding member of the Collaborative Divorce Association, Inc. in Montgomery County, Maryland. 

Mr. Hatfield has written articles for publication in French and in English on a variety of family law topics, including international aspects of divorce.  He also regularly teaches continuing legal education on a variety of topics to a national audience of family law attorneys, and for the Maryland State, District of Columbia, and Montgomery County Bar Associations.

Representative Matters

  • Defense of a pre-nuptial agreement in divorce between Canadian husband and African country wife
  • Challenge of court jurisdiction on financial issues in divorce based on argument French husband never was domiciled in United States; negotiations with U.S. and French counsel of settlement involving division of assets in U.S. and France and payment of child support under U.S. and French laws
  • Expert witness in case where client sought to prevent travel of ex-spouse with children to China
  • Trial preparation and successfully settlement of custody issues following return to Maryland of child who former spouse had abducted to a Hague Convention country
  • Mediation of settlement terms for return of child, future parenting schedule and decision making rules in Hague Convention case
  • Appeal of pension division where terms in Marital Settlement Agreement were challenged as being inconsistent with federal mandatory minimum distribution rules of ERISA
  • Representation of client who’s spouse was diverting assets, to paramour, including obtaining injunction order to freeze spouse’s assets; trial of divorce issues that resulted in alimony payments based on spouse’s receipt of pension payments from both foreign government and foreign company
  • Representation of Brazilian citizen seeking to relocate with children to Brazil for work reasons
  • Multiple cases involving division of International Organization pension benefits
  • Multiple cases involving payment of alimony and/or child support to or from foreign citizen
  • Multiple divorce cases involving U.S. or foreign diplomatic immunity issues




Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • Presention on "Divorce in America", Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale (ULCO), Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, September 2015
  • Destination Divorces: Where to go to call it quits?, International Bar Association Annual Conference, Vienne, Austria, October 6, 2015
  • Money, Taxes and International Divorce: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, The International Family Symposium, sponsored by Montgomery County Bar Association and D.C. Bar Association Family Law Sections, Rockville, MD, January 30, 2015
  • Hide the Baby - International Relocation and Child Abduction Issues, AAML Maryland Chapter, Eighteenth Annual Symposium on Family Law, Ellicott City, MD November 11, 2013
  • International Mediation: What Makes It Different?, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, 2013 Spring Conference, Chicago, IL, April 4, 2013
  • International Mediation: Logistics, Language, Cultural Dynamics, and Foreign Law, MSBA Annual Meeting, Ocean City, MD, June 14, 2012
  • The Spy Who Loved Me: When Divorce and Social Media Collide, BAMC Law Day Conference, Rockville, MD, May 18, 2012
  • Hot Tips/Topics in Family Law - The Do's and Don'ts of Pre-Nuptial Agreements, Maryland State Bar Association., Annapolis, Maryland, March 2, 2012
  • French American Legal Forum - What's New in France - U.S. Family Law, Potomac, Maryland, February 16, 2012
  • Pre-Marriage and Post Marriage...from Pre-Nuptials to Divorce Planning and Considerations, Society of Financial Service Professionals, National Chapter, Winter Meeting, January 18, 2012
  • Divorce Tax Workshop, Maryland State Bar Assn., December 8, 2011 
  • International Abduction/Relocation, Bar Association of Montgomery, Co., Md., November 29, 2011
  • Cross Border Disputes: Mediating International Custody, Relocation and Child Abduction, American Bar Association, ADR Section, Spring 2011 CLE Conference, Denver, CO. April 13, 2011
  • Cross Border Disputes: Mediating International Custody, Relocation and Parental Kidnapping, MACRO Convention, December 10, 2010
  • Tax Planning for Separation and Divorce, American Association of Attorney -CPA Fall Meeting, Chicago., IL., November 5, 2010
  • Hide the Baby - Jurisdiction in Parental Kidnapping Cases, Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland, Family Law Section, April 15, 2010
  • Faculte de Droit de Nice, Nice, France, Major:  International Law, 1984
  • Vanderbilt University School of Law, Nashville, Tennessee, Juris Doctor, 1983 Law Journal:  Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, 1982-1983
  • University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas, B.A., 1980 with Honors
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Honors & Awards
  • Martindale Hubbell AV rating
  • Selected as one of the Family Law Super Lawyers in Maryland and Washington D.C. (2007 -2016)
  • Named in Washington D.C.'s "Best Lawyers, A Comprehensive Guide to the Area's Top Attorneys"(2008-2015)
  • Selected for Washingtonian magazine's "Washington's Top Lawyers" list (February 2004, and December 2004, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015)
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2007-2017)