The end of a marriage is a traumatic event in a person's life -- even if he or she is the person who filed for divorce. When there are children in the picture, the divorce seems to get a bit more stressful since the children's best interests have to be considered. Child custody orders, whether they are a part of a divorce or not, are very important since they lay out the expectations and plans for the child's life.
We can help you to learn about the options that are used in Maryland for child custody. Knowing the options and how child custody orders work here can help you to decide what you feel is best for your child.
Child custody orders usually include stipulations about which parent the child will reside with the majority of the time. This is called residential custody. Another point that is important is access to the child, which is what most people think of as visitation. These orders outline when each parent will spend time with the child.
There are some cases in which both parents will have equal participation in the child's life. If shared residential custody is ordered, the child spends equal amounts of time at each parent's home. It is also possible for the parents to share legal custody of the child, which gives the parents the right to make decisions regarding the child's upbringing. This can include deciding on the child's education, religion, and similar factors.
We understand that there is a lot to cover when you are working through a child custody agreement. We can help you to learn about each point and discover the options that are available for your case.