Tag Archive for custody

Creating a Parenting Plan

If you’re a parent facing divorce, one of your most pressing concerns is what will happen regarding your children when you split from your spouse. If you’re able to sit down and work with your spouse to create a parenting plan you can both agree on, you’ll have a much easier time getting the custody…

Child Custody

Resolving custody and visitation is the single most important issue by a judge after trial. The overriding concern of the parents must be, and by a judge will be, what is in the child(ren)’s best interests. A parent must never evaluate their case by what is in their own best interests. Any attempt to do…

Child Support

Separation Agreement

Child support for parents whose joint annual incomes (including income from nearly all sources for each of them) are less than $120,000 per year, is determined by a chart set out in a Maryland statute which can be found at Annotated Code of Maryland, Family Law Section 12-204. Software is available online which incorporates the…

Types of Child Custody in Maryland

In our experience helping Maryland families navigate divorce, determining child custody can be the hardest part for parents. Making arrangements regarding when parents can see their children is difficult. And agreeing on a plan about how decisions for the children will be made can be just as taxing. In Maryland, two types of custody must…

Child Custody Evaluations

Parental Alienation

Parents who no longer live together often have a hard time deciding on child custody. This is especially true when parents have widely different parenting styles. If parents can’t agree on child custody and visitation, sometimes courts order a child custody evaluation. What is a child custody evaluation? A child custody evaluation is an investigation…

Legal Custody

Legal Sole Custody

Legal custody means the authority to make long-range decisions about a minor child’s health, education, welfare, religious needs, etc.  It is the lawful authority to parent a child. There are two types of legal custody: joint and sole. Joint legal custody means that both parents have equal control of the decision making for their child.…

Alcohol/Drug Abuse

Alcohol and Pills

Alcohol and drug abuse issues should be dealt with in the same manner as anger management. It is important to get treatment immediately if a party/parent is possibly addicted to alcohol or drugs. Alcohol and drug abuse will be a major hurtle for a parent to clear in any support, custody and/or visitation case. There…

Can I Date?

Holding Hands

It is not advisable to begin a relationship with another person, whether it is sexual or not during the separation and/or divorce process. It is advisable to tell the potential boyfriend or girlfriend to remain out of the picture until the divorce case is settled or litigated to conclusion. While that may seem draconian, it…