Child Custody in Maryland | What You Need to Know
November 10th, 2020
If you are a divorcing parent, child custody is most likely your top concern. Please continue reading and speak with our Maryland family law attorney to learn more about how our legal team can assist you and your family through every step of the legal process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What are the two types of child custody in Maryland?
The two types of child custody in Maryland are physical and legal custody. Physical custody refers to which parent the child will live with, while legal custody refers to each parents' right to make certain critical decisions on behalf of their child. For example, if you have legal custody of your child, it means that you will have the authority to have a say in what religion your child practices, the type of education your child receives, the types of medical treatment your child can receive, and more.
How do Maryland courts determine child custody terms in a divorce?
Generally, Maryland courts would prefer to equally split custody between both parents, as this helps the child have a more well-rounded upbringing. However, the primary factor that Maryland courts will consider is the well-being of your child, which means that if they determine that one parent poses a threat to the child, or is otherwise parentally unfit to raise that child, there is a very good chance they will deny that parent custodial rights and give the other parent sole custody. However, this only occurs in rare instances, such as when it is proven that one parent has a substance abuse issue, has committed an act of domestic violence, or other behavior of that nature.
Can I change the terms reached in my initial custody agreement?
Fortunately, in many circumstances, you can. If you were initially denied custody of your child on the basis of parental unfitness, as long as you and your Maryland family law attorney can prove that you corrected the issue and that you are now ready and willing to be a responsible, caring, and dedicated parent, you may be awarded a child custody modification. On the flipside, if you believe that your former spouse has developed a substance abuse issue, has become violent, or is otherwise a threat to your child, as long as you and your attorney can prove as much, you may be awarded sole custody to protect your child. For any additional questions, give us a call today.
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