Child Custody Lawyers in Rockville
Persuasive Negotiators & Aggressive Litigators
Protecting your most important relationships becomes of paramount importance after a
divorce. The complex issues surrounding
family law can be difficult to understand and tough to navigate on your own. With
the help of a knowledgeable child custody lawyer in Rockville, you can
understand the process and be prepared every step of the way. Our firm
works with our clients to resolve even the most complex custody situations,
including physical and legal child custody,
child support, emergency custody orders, and modification of custody orders, while promoting
the best interests of the children.
About Child Custody
There are two types of custody in Maryland:
- Physical custody, which is the time each parent spends with the child.
- Legal custody, which is the right to make decisions regarding a child’s
education, religious upbringing, medical care, and other matters involving
the child’s overall welfare.
What is in the best interests of your child? This question will be at the
center of your custody case and will ultimately determine the court’s
decision regarding physical and legal custody. In making this determination,
the court will consider several factors involving the parents, their relationship
with each other, and their relationship with the child.
At McGann Hughes, our child custody lawyers in Rockville educate our clients
on the court’s considerations regarding best interests so that our
clients understand how the court will evaluate the information relevant
to making this decision. We then advise our clients on steps to take to
promote the best interests of the child, and we work with them to negotiate
a fair custody agreement or parenting plan.
Many times, it is a client’s ultimate goal to reach a custody agreement
that promotes a strong relationship between the child and both parents,
and we support that initiative. However, if we are unable to reach a settlement,
we prepare our client for litigation while helping them to continue to
act in the best interests of their children.
Factors That Help Determine Child Custody
A court will evaluate many factors that will impact the best interests
of the child. While no single factor is more important than the other,
the safety and well-being of the child takes higher priority.
Here are several other factors that are considered:
- Fitness – What are the psychological and physical abilities of each
party pursuing custody?
- Finances – Which party has the advantage of supplying the child(ren)
with financial support?
- Disability – Does the child have a disability that requires specific
- Religious Views – This will only be a factor if you can prove that
religion affects the physical and emotional well-being of the child.
- Preference – The child can voice their preference on which party
they live with, however it may not hold much weight unless they were of
a mature age (12+ years).
- Ability – Which party can better maintain relationships with the
direct and extended family?
- Abuse – Has there been a history of physical or emotional abuse from
either party requesting custody? Has there been any alcohol or substance abuse?
- Legal Agreements – Are there any custody agreements already in place
such as a parenting plan?
There may be other factors that are unique to your case, so it is important
to consult with one of our child custody attorneys today.
Contact us online or call us at (301) 658-2494 to schedule a consultation with our child
custody lawyers in Rockville.