Maryland Child Custody Law
Child custody disputes can be emotional and difficult for parents. In Maryland, the legal standard for determining child custody and visitation access is the “best interests of the child”.
Factors Court Considers in Determining Custody and Visitation
- Ability of each parent to meet child’s needs
- Length of time child has been separated from parent
- Character of the parents
- Mental and physical fitness of the parents
- Ability of parents to communicate with each other
- Preference of the child, if old enough
- Existing agreements between the parties
- History of any type of abuse
- Financial and housing stability of each parent
Parenting Plan Requirements
If parents will have shared custody, they must create a Parenting Agreement that addresses the logistical issues of raising their children. The goal is to minimize interruptions to your child’s life and reduce the chances of miscommunication between the parents. For example, the parenting plan must address;
- Transportation arrangements
- Schedule for other types of access, such as phone calls and video chats
- Pick-up and drop-off dates and times
- Arrangements for child’s extracurricular activities
- Reliable schedule for days and nights spent with each parent
Protect Your Parental Rights
Dealing with child custody can be stressful, and even scary, but you do not need to fight alone. Speak to an experienced custody attorney who can fight for your rights and work with you in achieving a positive outcome.
An Experienced Child Custody Lawyer Can Help
For years, Ms. Zlatkus has been at her clients’ side, guiding them through the divorce process, while looking out for their best interests. To learn more about how Z Family Law can advocate for you, contact us today.