Category: Child Custody

Child Custody and Spring Break

on Feb 10, 2018 in Child Custody, Divorce

With winter in full swing, it seems strange to discuss child custody and spring break.  However, believe it or not, spring is right around the corner.  So is spring break, and it is not too soon to start planning your child custody schedule.  Early planning avoids last minute surprises, disagreement, and disappointment. Child Custody and Spring Break: Planning During Custody Negotiation The best time to make agreements for spring break is during negotiation in the divorce.  Unlike most holidays, however, different schools have different spring break schedules.    As a result, spring break allows for flexibility when determining custody arrangements. Spring break allows at least four different solutions to custody and visitation issues, including: Spit spring break in half.  One...

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Requesting Modification of Child Support or Child Custody in the State of Maryland

on Jan 16, 2018 in Child Custody, Child Support

After a court has entered a Judgment of Divorce in the state of Maryland, it is possible to modify child support or child custody.  An individual in the state of Maryland is allowed to bring any legal motion without representation.  However, that does not mean it is a good idea.  Family law attorneys are expensive.  However, representing yourself in court is also expensive.  Even experienced family law attorneys retain a family law attorney to represent them in court.   Carefully consider a qualified, experienced family law attorney for modification matters. Requesting a Change of Child Support Every three years, either parent may ask the Child Support Enforcement office to review a child support order.  The modification request may result in either an...

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A Contested Divorce in the State of Maryland — What to Expect Regarding Custody Decisions

on Jan 7, 2018 in Child Custody, Divorce

The majority of family law cases in the state of Maryland are resolved by agreement.  When the parties do not agree, a contested divorce is resolved by a judge, following a trial.  The judge has the final say in all issues the parties cannot resolve, including custody of the children.  A contested custody case is complicated and it is important to understand key concepts. Legal Versus Physical Custody The State of Maryland has two types of custody, legal custody and physical custody. Legal Custody Legal custody establishes which parent makes decisions about important issues for their child.  This includes decisions regarding medical care, education, discipline, religion and other important, long term matters.  Legal custody is not determined by where...

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Special Needs Children and Divorce

on Jan 2, 2018 in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce

Special Needs Children and Divorce Attorneys and parents alike must give additional attention when approaching the issue of special needs children and divorce.  “Special needs” can mean different things to different people.  In the context of divorce proceedings, you, the parent, decide whether your child’s situation merits the title “special needs.”  Typically, however, children with special needs require care and attention above and beyond the average child.  Whether your child requires a wheelchair, has a mental illness, is developmentally delayed, or is terminally ill, if your child has special needs, your divorce requires special attention and consideration. Parenting Time, Special Needs Children and Divorce Often, when parents divorce, custody is established as every other week, and alternating weekends.  Other...

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Understanding Parental Alienation

on Dec 29, 2017 in Child Custody, Divorce

The effects of a divorce on the entire family are lasting and significant.  Often, children are affected because they are young and do not understand how to deal with emotional trauma.  Further, children are susceptible to manipulation.  This sometimes results in parental alienation. What is Parental Alienation? Parental alienation is the psychological manipulation of a child, damaging his or her relationship with the other parent.  Sometimes it is referred to as a hidden disease.  It will consume everyone involved if not dealt with appropriately.  It occurs when one parent is unable to separate the conflict of a marriage or divorce from the well-being of the child. Symptoms of Parental Alienation The symptoms of parental alienation include: A parent asking...

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When You Cannot Agree on Child Custody and Parenting Time. . .

on Dec 5, 2017 in Child Custody

These days, many, if not most couples, are able to come to some agreement on child custody and parenting time arrangements.  Even couples who do not begin divorce proceedings on the same page often manage to come to agreement after working with their lawyers.  Sometimes, these agreements are also helped along by collaborative divorce proceedings or mediation.  However, there are times when parents just cannot agree about child custody and parenting time issues.  When all attempts to come to agreement about child custody fail, a judge decides child custody and parenting time. While a judge considers these important matters, who gets the children, for how long, and under what conditions, there are certain behaviors that should be avoided at...

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