In many Maryland divorce cases that involve children, one parent typically has sole custody with the other parent receiving visitation rights. However, in some instances, both parents want to share custody of the children. While the courts typically look at the best interests of the child when deciding on child custody cases, communication is also a key factor when it comes to joint custody. Both parents must be able to amicably make decisions that affect the care and upbringing of their children. Read on to learn more about the other factors used to decide if joint custody is a viable option.
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Our Maryland readers have probably seen previous posts here that mention that it is almost always better for the parties in a divorce - and for the courts - when an out-of-court agreement is reached regarding child custody. Child custody determinations can be one of the messiest issues in a divorce, so when the parties are able to reach their own agreement it saves the court from going through the incredibly difficult process of determining what type of arrangement is the in the best interest of the child.
Anyone familiar with previous posts here knows that there are a multitude of issues to address in a divorce. However, most Maryland residents who have children and who are getting ready to go through a divorce have only one concern front-and-center: child custody.
One of the first things a divorcing couple with children in Maryland tend to argue about is child custody. Who will the children live with? How often will you get to see them? Does joint custody mean I won't get (or have to pay) child support? Does sole custody mean the other parent doesn't get any input? Who makes all these decisions? And, lastly, what arrangement is in the best interest of the child?