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Parenting provisions: Supporting parent-child relationships

Parenting provisions are special agreements and special language that parents can include in their child custody agreements. These provisions offer further solidification and clarity as to specific areas of interest of the parents in relation to the way they will be raising their children together.

How to keep a child custody visitation journal

A lot of different kinds of family law disputes can arise after you have finalized your divorce agreement and parenting plan. The other parent, for example, might accuse you of not fulfilling your parental responsibilities. The other parent might say that you aren't a fit parent and try to take your child custody rights away from you. This is a terrifying circumstance, but if you're appropriately prepared, you may have a better chance of winning such a challenge.

How do I know what my total income is for child support?

When a Maryland court decides how much a parent will pay in child support each month, it will primarily review the parent's income. However, it may not be entirely obvious what constitutes as income and what does not. Here is a detailed list of potential income sources that Maryland courts will likely consider in your case:

Visitation right of unmarried people, relatives and grandparents

Child custody and visitation disputes are not just reserved for divorced couples, but can involve unmarried couples, grandparents, and even other relatives as well. In each of these cases, a familiar bond to a child may provide the necessary grounds upon which a claim for either custody or visitation can be waged.

Maryland child custody litigation: What do judges consider?

To say that child custody disagreements are one of the most difficult parts of a Maryland divorce would be an understatement. Our children are the most precious possessions we have. As such, the threat of not having constant access to them is one of the most terrible things that any parent could imagine. For this reason, child custody disputes are often heated, difficult to a resolve and, if parents cannot come to an agreement, the litigation can be costly.

Grandparents seeking child custody in Maryland

It is not uncommon for Maryland grandparents to seek full custody of their grandchildren if a parent is unable to fulfill his or her childcare responsibilities. These cases are not usually "cut and dry," and they can take time to resolve -- especially if the parent of the child is unwilling to relinquish his or her parental rights.

Are mothers really more likely to get custody?

It hasn't always been the case, but today, fathers are just as likely to obtain custody as mothers. There are a number of factors that play into the decision, so before you assume that you won't be able to obtain custody because of your gender, it's important to understand why a judge is more likely to give a mother custody of a child of a certain age.

What if my child lives in another state?

Most states have adopted the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. Nevertheless, different state courts may have different ways of interpreting the act. As such, if you are involved in a child custody dispute with a spouse who is living in another state, it is important to determine which state will have jurisdiction over the matter, and then find a family law attorney who is familiar with that state's interpretation of the law.

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