Child Custody Lawyer with Offices in Chevy Chase and Bethesda, Maryland
One of the toughest decisions that divorcing parents must agree on is the custody of minor children from the marriage. In fact, oftentimes, couples try to hold on to a crumbling relationship for the sake of the children. How will the custody of the children be determined? How will physical and legal custody of the children be split between the couple? How often will the noncustodial parent see the children? These are all questions that are guided by law, with the best interests of the children being the leading consideration. If you need help resolving a child custody matter, you should speak with a Maryland child custody lawyer.
At Petrelli Previtera LLC, we understand the impact a custody case can have on your child’s well-being, and work vigorously to protect your child’s best interests.
Why Choose Us?
We know that
- the most important custody case is yours. We diligently keep up with your case and make sure that nothing falls through the cracks.
- Whether your case is resolved by a negotiated agreement or we take it to court, it remains a top priority until we get a resolution that protects your interests.
- We listen hard, and work even harder.
- Our lawyers are top-rated.
Your children deserve a stable and nurturing home for their growth and development. We can help you give them that. Call us today at (301) 889-8085 to schedule a consultation with a member of our team and learn more about how a dedicated and compassionate Maryland child custody lawyer can support your case.
Maryland Child Custody Law: Overview
Child custody matters in Maryland are governed by the provisions of Titles 5, 9, and 9.5 of the Maryland Code, Family Law, and by precedents set in decided cases on child custody. While Maryland follows the general standard of putting the best interest of the child first, there are particular guidelines that will differ from other states. As such it is important to hire a child custody law attorney who knows the law and its application in your particular circumstances.
Factors Considered in Determining the Best Interest of the Child
Determining what is in the best interest of the child, is a matter of law based on careful examination of the specific facts in each individual case. In every case, the court is concerned with evaluating the homes competing for custody and determining which home provides the best chances for the child’s future.
Although the courts have wide discretion in making custody determination, the final outcome must be based on careful examination of the facts rather than any personal beliefs or biases. A list of factors for consideration in making a determination for child custody has emerged from the resolution of past cases.
In determining the best interests of the child, some of the factors considered include, but are not limited to:
- Any agreements between the parents and the willingness of the parents to share custody;
- Each parent’s ability to maintain the child’s relationships with the other parent, siblings, relatives, and any other person who may psychologically affect the child’s best interest;
- The geographic proximity of the parents’ residences and opportunities for time with each parent;
- The financial status of the parents;
- The age, health, and sex of the child; and
- The relationship established between the child and each parent.
The demands of parental employment and opportunities for time with the child;
Bethesda MD Child Custody Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the difference Between Legal and Physical Custody in Maryland?
How would one open a new child custody case?
What if your child lives out-of-state?
What to do once you are served with a Complaint for Custody?
Deadline of submitting Answers to a Complaint
No Answer After the Deadline
What happens after the documents have been filed?
What about court programs that support settlement?
What if we fail to reach an agreement? What happens during a trial?
Do you have any questions regarding child custody in Maryland as it relates to your case? Our family law attorneys can answer your questions and help you move forward with securing the best outcome for yourself and your children. Feel free to call (301) 889-8085 or schedule a consultation online.
How a Child Custody Lawyer Can Help
To make a child custody decision, the courts rely on facts rather than sentiment. The courts have the power to consider any evidence which bears on the child’s physical and emotional well-being. An experienced child custody lawyer knows the law and also knows what evidence will be persuasive to the courts in support of your argument.
A child custody lawyer has access to professionals including doctors and therapists who can give expert testimony to support your case. They can testify as to their observations of the child with both parents, and their professional opinion as to any issues that present harm to the health and welfare of the child. They can also give testimony on whether there are any issues present in one parent’s home that may have any adverse impact on the child’s development and overall well-being.
If you need help with your child custody case, the Maryland child custody lawyers at Petrelli Previtera are at your service.