Custody of children is usually unevenly given to mothers in the case of divorce. Maryland parents may be interested to learn that legislation in another state is pushing toward requiring judges to always consider an order of joint custody in child custody cases. The exception would be in cases where one parent is proved to be unfit to care for the child.
Parents who are going through a divorce or separation in Maryland may agree to one of a few different types of child custody arrangements. If the parents do not agree about child custody issues, a judge may order a custody arrangement that is in the best interests of the children.
Maryland, like all states, holds the best interests of the child to be the primary concern when making decisions relating to custody. The law also maintains that the natural connection that children have to their biological parents is worthy of preservation when it is consistent with those best interests. However, in cases where the parent has demonstrated themselves to be violent, abusive, habitually criminal or otherwise dangerous to the child, the court may be forced to exercise their prerogative to limit, suspend or revoke parental rights.
A skier heading to the Winter Olympics in Russia this coming February, Bode Miller, has agreed with the mother of his son to share custody of the child, currently an infant, for at least the next four months. This essentially brought to a halt, at least for the moment, what was shaping up to be a heated courtroom child custody battle.