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Maryland Child Custody

Generally divorce courts prefer to assign joint child custody so the child can continue to have a relationship with both parents. Depending on the circumstances of the divorce, this is not always possible. Before granting a divorce, the Maryland divorce court may require all parties involved to take an educational seminar on child custody, child visitation and child support. The Maryland divorce court determines child custody by considering many factors, such as:

  • Best interest of the child
  • Whether the child has been subject to abuse and neglect
  • Whether the parent has been found guilty of murdering certain people
  • The child's preference- a child who is 16 or older may petition to change custody

Maryland divorce courts may combine different types of child custody to benefit the child and relationships with each parent. Visitation rights for grandparents are also determined by what's in the best interest of the child. If grandparent petitions for child visitation rights, Maryland divorce courts may grant visitation, depending on the circumstances of the divorce.

A local Maryland divorce lawyer can further explain issues in your divorce that will affect Maryland child custody. Call 877-349-1310 or fill out a Maryland divorce case review to work towards protecting your relationship with your child today. If your child custody case doesn't involve divorce, you can still find a local lawyer practicing in family law near you.

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The above synopsis of Maryland divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Maryland divorce lawyer in your area.

Maryland divorce laws were last updated April 2009.

Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.