Many Maryland residents know that just getting through a divorce is hard enough. With so many issues to resolve, including alimony, property division, child custody and child support, a divorce can be one of the most complicated times of a person's life. However, when a divorce involves children and a subsequent post-divorce parenting plan, one issue in particular, even after everything is said and done, can bring back all the emotions surrounding the divorce proceedings: relocation.
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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.
When the divorce process if finally over, many people are just glad that they can move on with the agreements or judgments reached in the case, particularly those involving child custody. Every issue that comes up in divorce has the potential to get complicated if contested, but perhaps none so much as determining child custody. But, one way or another, a final child custody arrangement will be reached, either through agreement of the parties outside of court or through the decision of a judge.
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.
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?