One of the most difficult aspects of divorce is determining which parent will get child custody. This process is often painful for all parties involved – especially for the children. As sensitive as these proceedings may be, it is essential that child custody is determined by what is in the best interests of the child. During this time, it is also important to assess how joint custody and visitation rights will be handled during the rest of their childhood. Due to the complex laws in Maryland, hiring an experienced lawyer may be the determining factor whether or not you win your case.
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The following factors are considered when determining the best interests of a child:
- Parent’s Fitness
- Character and Reputation
- Desire of Parent
- Child’s Preference
- Age, Health, and Gender
- Parent’s Geographic Location
There are several factors weighed when the determination of custodial rights. Unfortunately, those who desire sole or joint custody of their child are not always granted their wish. Recent surveys taken show that 82% of all mothers desire sole custody whereas only 29% of fathers covet sole custody of a child. As illustrated by the actual results of these battles, wishes are not always granted. In actuality, 63% of mothers were granted custody as opposed to 6% of fathers. Parental fitness, reputation, age, health, and sex all play a role in which parent gains custody.
It is in everyone’s best interest to resolve such a matter amicably. A child needs the love of both parents whenever possible. As such, it is important to share joint custody or allow visitation rights to the parent who does not have sole custody. A lawyer from our firm will be available to help a parent attain outcomes that are best for themselves and their children.