In the past, Maryland couples often waited until marriage to start their families. Today, however, with the divorce rate hovering around 50 percent, many couples are delaying marriage or even foregoing it altogether. Nonetheless, many of these couples are having children out of wedlock, which can lead to child custody disputes, should the relationship end. Although the mothers primarily received custody in the past, a growing number of fathers are actively seeking custody and want to understand their legal rights.
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Maryland is one of 19 states that has legalized gay marriage. This number continues to grow, but since most states don't recognize same-sex marriage, there are no clear-cut laws when it comes to granting child custody when such a couple splits up. A lot of progress still needs to be made in regards to gay and lesbian rights, and unfortunately this affects the children involved in these disputes. For instance, a recent report noted that a lesbian couple is involved in a child custody dispute after splitting up.
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.
Among the numerous issues that need to be addressed by Maryland couples going through a divorce, perhaps the most difficult for many will be determining a child custody arrangement. In the best of situations the divorcing couple is able to come to terms with an agreement outside of court - one that works for all of the parties involved. But, in the worst of situations, the child custody dispute turns into a full-fledged battle in court, with each parent fighting desperately to sway the judge's ultimate decision on physical custody and legal custody.
Nothing can make individuals going through a divorce more cantankerous than a child custody dispute. Whether the problem is agreeing to a parenting plan or fighting over visitation rights, some parents will fight for their children to the bitter end, sometimes without thinking of the affect such a battle could have on their children.
Some of our Maryland readers may find themselves in this situation one day: the divorce is over, the issues have been settled and agreed to and now everyone is trying to go along within the framework of those agreements. Then it happens - one of the parents brings up relocation, maybe because of employment or maybe because they have started a new relationship with someone who lives in another state. When this situation arises, both parents might be thinking, "What does this mean for our child custody agreement?"
Some of our Maryland readers are probably familiar with former NFL star Deion Sanders - especially if they are Washington Redskins fans. The popular former Dallas Cowboy, known by his nickname "Primetime," was a star on the football field and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011. For all of his success in the realm of football, however, he is not having much success at getting through his divorce smoothly.
None of our Maryland readers would doubt that a divorce can be tough for all of the parties involved. But, for many families, if there are children who have to witness the divorce process, it can be hard to imagine what might be going through their minds. If there is a child custody dispute during the divorce proceedings, it can make things even tougher.
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?