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.
If a child is suspected to be at risk of abuse and/or neglect, any Maryland resident can report their suspicions to the Department of Social Service. There is even a special child abuse hotline that can be used for this purpose. Often, the individuals who report such information are therapists, doctors, nurses, teachers or anyone else who wishes to remain anonymous.
The most difficult part of any divorce if you are a parent is not the complexities involved with asset division. Rather, it's coming to agreement on child custody terms. Fortunately, in spite of the difficulty, most parents are able to arrive at mutually agreed upon terms for child custody outside of court, which will save them them the time, money, stress and emotional turmoil that is associated with family court proceedings.In order to increase the chances of parents coming to peaceful agreement over their child custody concerns, at the Law Office of Kevin L. Beard, PA, we find it helpful to educate our clients on the most important issues that Maryland family courts will consider during child custody proceedings. Think of the following questions as a checklist of questions and concerns that parents will want address:
The decision to divorce is one of the most difficult a person can make. When children are involved, the decision to exit an unhappy marriage can be even harder.
Unlike the marriage relationship, the parenting relationship continues long after a divorce is finalized. Many parenting options are available, but one of the more popular current options is referred to as co-parenting.
Your mind is full of questions. You or your spouse have decided to divorce, and you're not sure what will happen next. What about the kids? Who will get custody? The divorce isn't final, but you know it's going to happen. So you think about the idea of one of you moving out, since it's been decided you will no longer be together. Plus, you don't want to argue in front of the children. Most of the time, it's the men who move out, because they feel it's "the right thing to do." But when it comes time for a court to hear and decide custody arrangements, moving out without the children could actually hurt you.
Divorces that involve asset division and child custody are particularly complicated and heart-wrenching to navigate. Better they avoid getting divorced in the first place, right? Of course, the answer to this question is clear, but it's a lot easier said than done. No couple wants to get a divorce, but being in an enduring marriage can be a miraculous feat in this day and age. All that said, millennials seem to be practicing something we should take note of because millennials have achieved record-low divorce levels.
The Maryland legislature removed an outdated divorce requirement not long ago. The General Assembly approved a new piece of law designed to make it easier for Maryland residents to have an uncontested divorce by loosening the formerly strict requirements that required a witness to confirm that both sides of the couple had been living away from each other -- i.e., not under the same roof -- for at least one year.
The divorce process can take a very long time. It's quite typical for several months to pass between the filing date and the final settlement, but in particularly complicated or high-conflict cases, it can sometimes take years.
Maryland parents arrive at an out-of-court agreement regarding child custody in the vast majority of divorce cases. However, circumstances can be such that one or the other parent demands full custody and tries to deny the other individual of his or her parental rights through court proceedings. This can be a frightening prospect for the parent whose rights are being challenged. Indeed, the thought of losing the connection and time we spend with our children is never an easy thought to endure.