Sharing custody of your child with your former partner is, no doubt, a very challenging experience. You want what is best for your child and you may have concerns that your ex is not providing that.
If you feel that your current Maryland custody agreement needs another look, several circumstances warrant doing so.
1. Your ex is not cooperative
If your ex does not adhere to the schedule or other agreed-upon elements outlined in your current parenting plan, you can ask for a revision.
2. The child’s needs are not met
Your child’s needs are a key factor that can warrant a new custody agreement. If your former partner is not spending adequate time with your child or they are not providing for your child’s physical and emotional needs, a judge may grant you a revised agreement.
3. You suspect abuse
Abuse is not acceptable. If you suspect your ex is abusive toward your child, you should immediately act to have the child removed from their custody.
4. The parent is unstable
If your child’s other parent is emotionally unstable, addicted to drugs or alcohol or makes big life changes frequently, you have a basis for requesting a new custody agreement.
5. You or your former partner are moving
When you or your former partner move, it could be impossible to fulfill the current agreement. If that is the case, you may need a new arrangement to make the agreed-upon terms more practical.
If any of the above scenarios describe your current situation, you may have grounds to support the need for a new child custody agreement.