Child Custody And Your Parental Rights

At the Law Offices of Dwight W. Clark, L.L.C., we hear frequently from our clients that the primary concern in their divorce is the children. They want to minimize the negative impact and maintain the level of interaction they have always enjoyed with their children.

If you become a client of ours, we can help your family resolve custody dispute issues quickly and effectively. Contact our Maryland family law firm at 410-505-8680 or 888-523-6081 to schedule an initial appointment with a child custody attorney.

Protecting You And Your Children's Best Interests

Once we understand the level of interaction each parent enjoys with his or her children as well as financial considerations, we can explore custody determinations and answer questions about:

  • Primary physical custody
  • Shared physical custody
  • Joint legal custody
  • Sole custody

During a divorce, the courts will always look at what is in the best interest of the child or children. Determining this when personal feelings are involved can be difficult. In hotly contested custody battles, a third party — a social worker — is often consulted to evaluate the home life and sometimes a psychological evaluation is conducted. In addition, a best interest attorney may be assigned to represent the children. Long after a divorce, we can also help with questions regarding stepparent adoptions that may occur when a parent gets married again.

Visitation Schedules And Parenting Time

When we look at visitation schedules, clients often ask, "What is the norm? What do people generally do?" While we are happy to explain the standard ways in which visitation plays out, we prefer to look at each client's schedule individually and help him or her determine plans that work for him or her and his or her children.

A flexible parenting schedule is one that gives children equal access to parents, ensures visitation rights and is not too bound by rigid guidelines. We can also assist with child custody modifications if there are changes to your custody needs.

Handling Relocation Disputes

In general, when a parent moves out of state the children must live with one parent during the school year and the other over the summer holiday. During long weekends and vacations, children may also wish to spend time with the noncustodial parent. We look at matters from the outset in order to resolve them in a timely manner. If a job or other opportunity is going to mean an out-of-state move, talk with family law attorney Dwight Clark about relocation options.

Get the legal help you need in the manner you deserve when you are going through a divorce. Contact the Law Offices of Dwight W. Clark, L.L.C., and schedule a consultation with a Maryland child custody lawyer. Call 888-523-6081.