Child Custody Attorneys Serving Annapolis & Baltimore, MD
Qualified Legal Advice From The Rodriguez-Nanney Law Firm
The attorneys at The Rodriguez-Nanney Law Firm provide child custody services in the Annapolis and Baltimore areas of Maryland, and we appreciate that a divorce can become substantially more emotionally charged and stressful when child custody becomes an issue. Our family law attorneys are experienced when it comes to helping parents and children get through this challenging time, always making the best interest of children the top priority.
Understanding Maryland Child Custody Law
Each state has its own unique laws regarding how child custody can be divided among the parents. When working with our child custody attorneys in Annapolis or Baltimore, you will learn more about the two primary types of custody recognized in the state of Maryland, which include:
Physical Custody – Physical custody simply refers to where the child will live the majority of the time. Typically, one parent will be granted primary physical custody, while the other parent will have visitation rights. The visitation rights of the other parent can vary depending upon many different factors, which will be discussed below.
Legal Custody – Legal custody defines who has the right to make important decisions for the child. These decisions can pertain to the child’s medical care, education, or any other major choices that pertain to the child’s welfare. In the state of Maryland, parents may have equal legal custody rights, even if only one parent is granted full physical custody.
How is Child Custody Determined in Maryland?
One of the primary reasons it is essential to seek the guidance and representation of a child custody attorney when there is a dispute regarding child custody is because you may need to provide evidence to the court regarding who should be granted custody of the children. Determining what evidence will be most determinative in helping the court decide is essential to getting a fair outcome.
When determining the child’s best interests, the courts will consider any relevant factor, including:
- The preference of the child(ren), if he or she is old enough (typically over 12)
- The age, health, and special needs of the parents and the children
- The parents’ ability to provide a stable home life and routine
- The relationship between the child and each parent
- The proximity between the parents’ homes
These are simply a few of many factors that will affect which type of custody each parent will receive, as well as the amount of access to the child that will be granted. Obviously, these decisions will have a major impact on the lives of every party involved, and it is crucial that each individual be represented accurately and honestly. By working with a Rodriguez-Nanney child custody attorney in Annapolis or Baltimore, MD, you can rest assured that every piece of information that will help your case will be found and provided to the court.
Contact a Maryland Child Custody Attorney Now
The child custody process can be extremely stressful and it can be extremely helpful to have a compassionate and experienced attorney providing guidance and support. The Rodriguez-Nanney Law Firm has provided caring and knowledgeable child custody attorneys in Annapolis, Baltimore, and surrounding Maryland areas for many years now, and we would love to help you through this difficult time.
If you are facing an impending child custody or child support matter in Maryland, and you would like to speak with a child custody attorney, contact us today by calling 410.268.5070. We look forward to getting to know you and your family.