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Child Custody Archives

Maryland man appeals ruling that he has no legal rights to child

We've talked here before about the challenges that gay couples still face in getting custody and visitation rights to their children even though same-sex marriage is now legal throughout the country. One transgender Maryland man is fighting his way through the Maryland judicial system for the right to see the boy he considers his son.

Interstate child custody matters are complex

When it comes to child custody, there are many life events that can dramatically change how the former spouses deal with their custody arrangement. A change in a person's salary, or the loss of a job, can force a change in the way one spouse pays the other in child support, or it could force a change in custody as one of the spouses may not be able to fully support the child.

How can divorce make you a better parent?

Whether you and your spouse are sharing custody of your children after a divorce or you have sole custody, your parenting style will likely need to undergo some changes now that you and your ex are no longer a team. Many divorced people find that they actually become better parents after they divorce. We'll look at some of the reasons why.

A few good tips on preparing your children for your divorce

Telling your kids that you and your spouse are breaking up is tough. Naturally enough, you're probably under a great deal of stress yourself, and your own feelings about the situation may be mixed, at best. You know that your kids won't be thrilled, and you may worry the situation could cause them long-term harm.

Child custody needs depend on child's age

One of the primary concerns of Maryland parents who go through divorces is the impact that the change will have on their children. Most will go to great lengths to ease the transition for their kids and will look for advice on how to help them adjust. According to many researchers, the manner in which parents approach divorce and child custody matters should be tailored toward the age group of the children involved.

Hidden benefit for Dads adjusting to child custody

The end of a marriage brings about a great deal of changes for parents of shared children. Coming to terms with a new child custody structure can be difficult for everyone. Dads in particular can struggle with having their children in their sole care during visitation time. While not all family structures follow this pattern, it is still the norm in American society for mothers to dominate the decision-making process when it comes to how children are raised. When that influence is no longer present in a Maryland household, fathers can sometimes have difficulty adjusting.

Couple struggle for child custody rights after home birth

The vast majority of child custody struggles center on a divorced or divorcing couple that is trying to establish their rights in relation to a shared child or children. There are times, however, when an intact family in Maryland or elsewhere faces a child custody battle. In such cases, it is imperative to take a firm legal stance in order to protect the right to raise one's child in the manner in which one sees fit.

"Equal" child custody may not be the best outcome

The manner in which child custody is handled in the American court system has seen a number of changes over the course of history. In the early days of our nation, men received full rights to their children in the event of a divorce. Later, the presumption was made that mothers hold superior nurturing abilities, and men were hard-pressed to obtain significant rights to their kids. Currently, courts in Maryland and beyond have signed on to the belief that child custody should be shared equally between divorcing parents, an idea that has received considerable criticism.

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