Can Having a Substance Abuse Issue Affect Child Custody in Maryland?
August 11th, 2020
If you are a divorcing parent, child custody is probably the most important issue on the table. If you have a substance abuse problem, custody matters can become even more complex. Please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable Maryland divorce attorney to learn more about child custody and how our firm can help you.
What are the different types of child custody in Maryland?
The two primary types of child custody are physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody refers to where your child will live, and legal custody refers to whether you, as a parent, have a right to make certain key decisions on behalf of your child. If you have legal custody of your child, you will have the legal authority to decide where your child will go to school, what kind of medical treatment your child may receive, what religion your child practices, and more.
How do Maryland courts determine child custody?
Courts in Maryland will consider a wide array of factors when determining child custody, however, their primary concern is your child's well-being. That being said, some of the most common facets of your life that the courts will consider are as follows:
- Whether you can financially provide for your child
- Whether you can emotionally support your child
- Whether your child has any special needs
- Your age and health, as well as your child's age and health
- Whether you live in close proximity to your former spouse
- The bond you and your child have
- Whether you can provide your child with a safe, stable living environment
- If your child is old enough, whether he or she has a preference regarding custody matters
Of course, these are just some of the factors that Maryland courts will consider. As the primary deciding factor when it comes to child custody is whether it is in your child's best interests, you should understand that if you have a substance abuse problem, there is a very good chance this will impact your custody agreement. That is why it is so critical that you seek help now, document that you are getting help, and retain the services of an experienced Maryland divorce attorney who can help prove that you are doing everything you need to do to be the best parent possible for your child.
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