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Factors that influence child custody decisions in Maryland

On Behalf of | Aug 10, 2023 | Child Custody |

When you cannot agree with your co-parent on sharing parental responsibilities after a divorce, the court will issue a child custody order based on various factors. Maryland law prioritizes creating a stable, safe and nurturing environment for children during parental separation or divorce.

But what exactly goes into the court’s decision when determining child custody arrangements in Maryland? Here is what you need to know.

The children’s best interests always take priority

Child custody decisions have come a long way. Historically, the parent’s gender heavily influenced the court’s decision. However, the law has adapted to the reality of changing times, and a parent’s gender is no longer a consideration in child custody cases.

The children’s best interests will determine how things will play out. Some of the considerations that will inform the court’s orders include:

  • The child’s age and developmental needs
  • The ability and willingness of each parent to nurture and care for the child
  • The existing parent-child relationship
  • The physical and mental health of the parents
  • Their willingness to co-parent
  • Parental lifestyle and environment
  • History of caregiving and involvement
  • The child’s preferences, when applicable
  • Any other factors the court considers relevant to promoting the child’s wellbeing

Given these and other factors, each parent stands a fair chance of custody decisions going their way. In most cases, you are likely to share custody as the child is better off when both parents are involved in their upbringing. That said, sole custody is possible if the facts and circumstances warrant it.

As much as the law does not favor either parent, learning more about your rights and what to expect during child custody proceedings is advisable. Seeking legal assistance can also go a long way in safeguarding your interests and achieving a desirable resolution.