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.
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?