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Child custody and visitation: How are decisions made?

When it comes to matters of child custody and visitation, there could come a point when you run into trouble. You want one thing, but your ex-spouse has something else in mind.

If possible, you'll want to work through these details in mediation. This gives you and the other parent the ability to discuss the issues at hand, all the while working toward something that satisfies everyone involved.

If your case moves to litigation, the court will look at many factors when making decisions on issues surrounding child custody and visitation.

Above all else, the court will do whatever is in the best interest of the child. There is no way around this, no matter what you say. Along with this, other factors can include:

  • The fitness and health of the parents
  • The work demands of each parent
  • The child(ren)'s age and sex
  • The potential for disruption to the child's life, such as having to change schools
  • The current relationship between the child and each parent
  • Any existing custodial or visitation schedule that is already in place

With so many factors involved, you never know what will happen if you go to court to litigate matters of child custody and visitation. At our law firm, we can help you understand what the court may consider, so you can better position yourself for success.

As a divorcing parent, it is always wise to learn more about the laws in Maryland that can affect your legal rights. While this may not have a direct impact on the decision of the court, it can help you understand the process as it unfolds.

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