If you're a noncustodial parent, you likely want to spend as much time with your child as possible. Continuing to foster the bond between yourself and your child may be incredibly important to you, but you realize this can be a challenge if you don't have the opportunity to spend as much time with your child as you'd like. Sometimes, you may even think your child would be better off if you were the custodial parent.
When a noncustodial parent fails to meet a support obligation, they're not only in violation of the law, they're creating an incredibly problematic situation for the custodial parent as well. Not only does the custodial parent have to deal with the financial burden of supporting a child on a single income, they must also address the legal issue at hand.
Most people consider child custody to be the most challenging aspect of family law because of the factors involved in custody cases. Not only are parents contending with their own feelings and beliefs regarding their right to see their children, they must also contend with their ex-spouse, who may not see custody negotiations as a friendly conversation but rather as a battle that must end in a winner.
When the subject of child custody comes up in conversation, some assume that divorce or separation is a factor. While this can and often is the case, it's worth pointing out that the topic of child custody can come about when talking about other family law issues as well. This has become more apparent this month for Marylanders and people across the country because of a case out of Silver Spring that is grabbing national attention.
When Maryland couples divorce, parenting time is usually one of the main concerns and custody goals of both parents. Every parent wants to have sufficient parenting time and to remain a prominent part of his or her child's life. In a divorce, one of the main roles of the family court is to establish a custody arrangement that is practical and protects the best interests of any minor children.
When a relationship ends, it is often assumed that the mother will be the one to retain physical custody of the children. However, recently, more fathers are fighting to have equal parenting time with their children. Fathers in Maryland -- and elsewhere -- may hope to swing the tide from mostly maternal care to a more equitable distribution of custody.
Families take many forms and undergo many changes throughout the course of a child's life. This in turn may lead to conflict among the child's parents and extended family members. One area that has garnered attention here in Maryland and elsewhere involves the rights of grandparents in connection to visitation. What are the current laws in relation to this matter?
In the past few years, almost half of the states have passed some type of legislation that legalizes medical marijuana. However, there are concerns that the laws that regulate child custody have not been updated to address this issue. There have been conflicts that have arisen over whether the presence of the drug poses a danger to children. Since Maryland has also just recently passed this type of legislation, the possibility of a conflict could be an issue here as well.
Some misconceptions exist about child custody. Indeed, the new world of separate parenting may actually look quite different from imagined at first. The issues surrounding child custody proceedings are not tied to one geographic area, and the general principles that govern these matters are valid throughout the country, including in Maryland.