Maryland Child Custody Attorneys
Putting Your Child’s Best Interests First
Separating couples who have children together often find that child custody negotiations are the hardest part of a divorce. Disputes over custody arrangements can be emotional and messy. Whether you and your spouse are separating amicably or have a more contentious relationship, the Maryland Child Custody lawyers the Law Office of Cricket Browne, LLC can help you reach a custody agreement that meets your needs while protecting your child’s best interests and your parental rights.
Let our Maryland child custody attorneys represent you during mediation sessions or fight for you in the courtroom if we have to resort to litigation. We are prepared to stand by your side from beginning to end.
Call (410) 670-4939 now to get started with a free consultation.
Maryland Child Custody Laws
In Maryland, custody decisions are primarily decided by whatever is in the child’s best interests. There are two types of custody: physical and legal. Physical custody refers to where and with whom the child lives – it can be shared jointly or held solely by one parent while the other has visitation rights. Legal custody refers to who can make decisions for the child that affect their life. Legal custody can also be held solely or shared jointly.
Divorcing parents have the right to reach a custody agreement on their own. They will be required to outline a parenting plan that dictates with whom the child will live during certain times of the week, month, or year. If parents cannot agree on a custody plan, the court will intervene.
When determining custody, courts consider factors such as:
- The child’s current primary caregiver
- Each parent’s fitness to care for the child
- Any history of domestic abuse or child neglect
- The child’s preference, if they are old enough to have a mature opinion
- Each parent’s willingness to cooperate with the other and maintain relationships with other family members for the child’s benefit
- Each parent’s character and reputation
Our Elkton, MD Child Custody Lawyer Can Help
Even if you and your partner have reached a custody decision on your own, you should still retain a trusted Maryland family lawyer to protect your rights and make sure all paperwork is handled properly. We can review your agreed-upon custody arrangements and ensure that your rights and best interests are protected.
It is also in your best interest to retain a lawyer if you and your spouse cannot agree on custody. At the Law Office of Cricket Browne, LLC, our Maryland child custody attorneys strive to help clients resolve disputes without resorting to litigation. We find this approach – through negotiation or mediation – to be more likely to yield positive results. That said, we are always prepared to fight for our clients in the courtroom if their rights are being attacked by a former spouse or the other parent of their child.
Discuss your case with us today by calling (410) 670-4939 or contacting our firm online.
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