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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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.
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.
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.
No doubt many of our Maryland readers are fans of the Baltimore Ravens. Although it has been a somewhat up and down season for the NFL team, they have clinched a playoff spot and will be headed for the postseason. However, it has not been all good times lately for the Ravens players. One player, reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs, has been dealing with a few legal issues with his fiancé and children.
There are many military installations in Maryland, and the state has a proud history of supporting the men and women serving in our country's armed forces. Andrews Air Force Base is famous for being the primary airport used by the President's airplane, Air Force One. And the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis produces some of the country's finest scholars and sailors. So many of our Maryland readers will be interested in a burgeoning issue among military personnel: the simplification of child custody laws.