Every child custody situation is different. While a court often tries to grant shared custody, this type of arrangement is sometimes not in the best interest of the child. This is particularly true if the parents live in different states. Maryland readers may have recently heard about a child custody matter in our state that has resulted in felony charges for the noncustodial parent, who lives in another state.
The father in this case lives in Baltimore and has custody of his 2-year-old child. The mother of the child was granted visitation rights in a Maryland court. According to reports, she violated the terms of the child custody agreement on two different occasions by failing to return the child to the custodial father. The first time this happened was in July 2012, when she refused to give the child back after the father drove to her out-of-state residence.
The most recent occurrence was in early February. The mother came to Baltimore for her scheduled visit, but she left with the child and returned to her home. This violated a court order for her to remain in Baltimore during her visitation. When she did not return the child at the appointed time, the father called police. The woman has now been charged with felony custodial interference.
Child custody matters in Maryland and elsewhere are almost always fraught with emotion. Parents who have concerns about custody or visitation arrangements may consider examining what options are available in our state. Getting advice from an objective third party may help alleviate any concerns and ensure that children end up in a situation that keeps them healthy and happy.
Source: whas11.com, "Louisville woman facing felony custodial interference charges," Feb. 5, 2013