Maryland Child Custody Attorneys
A divorce – splitting with the parent of your child – is a difficult and emotional event. When the issue of child custody is involved, most of the time each parent wants to spend as much time as possible with their child, and each parent wants an equal say in their child’s important life decisions. Meeting the needs of everyone while keeping your child’s best interests in mind can be challenging.
Often, however, what is in a child’s best interest is not so easily determined. Every family and every marriage are unique, which is why it is so important to have experienced legal representation on your side when children are involved.
Who gets custody of the children in a Maryland divorce?
If you and your spouse can come to an agreement regarding custody of your children in the event of a separation or divorce, you can outline these terms in a custody agreement. This contract should provide a detailed outline of how major decisions are to be made for your child and the parenting access, including what holidays, birthdays, vacations, and other events the children would spend with each parent.
However, if you and your spouse are unable to agree about custody, you will have to involve the court to help you resolve your custody dispute. Some couples may also find mediation helpful to work out conflicts. If you still cannot come to an agreement, the courts will make a final custody ruling based solely on the best interests of the child. Today, many judges strive to award equitable joint custody when possible, to give each parent significant parenting time with their child.
The different types of child custody
Maryland courts grant two types of custody – legal and physical. They are different in nature and will not necessarily both be awarded to one parent.
Legal custody means making the major decisions about a child’s education, health, and religion.
Physical custody pertains to the schedule of when the children will be with each parent. The parent who has the child with him or her more nights than the other will be the parent with primary physical custody. The court will dictate the parenting schedule based on the best interests of the child (or children).
If you or a loved one need help with a child custody agreement, contact us immediately for a free case evaluation. The sooner we can get access to your case file, the stronger our chances of getting you a favorable result.