In Maryland, child custody and visitation (parenting time) may be determined and agreed upon by separating parents, subject to court approval. If parents cannot reach an agreement on their own, the court may make the determination of custody based on the best interests of the child. This includes the child’s safety, comfort, and health, although children aged 14 and above may be able to choose which parent he or she lives with.
Custody is one of the most difficult areas of any divorce or separation due to the impact it can have on the relationship between children and their parents. You need a competent Annapolis child custody attorney to make sure your parental rights are protected. DiPietro Law Group, PLLC provides experienced and dedicated family law counsel to clients in Annapolis and the surrounding areas in Maryland. We know what is at stake in a custody case, and we put your interests first in our pursuit of a positive result. Whether we are negotiating, undergoing mediation, or representing you in court, our lawyers will take every step to secure an ideal outcome.
Contact our firm at (410) 220-6784 to find out how we can help you.
Sole Custody, Shared Custody & Parenting Time
When custody and visitation are to be determined, you and your spouse will need to work out the details through a carefully crafted parenting plan. This should include:
- A parenting time schedule, which should clearly show the regular times that the child will spend with each parent, throughout the year.
- An agreement on how holidays and vacations will be handled.
- A transportation agreement that outlines who will drive the child and where the child will be dropped off for time with each parent.
- An agreement that describes how each parent will contact the child when the child is in the other parent’s care.
We highly recommend trying to take a collaborative approach to your custody agreement, as this can greatly reduce the time, money, and stress associated with these proceedings. It can also reduce the emotional trauma that your child may experience by being taken to court. However, we also understand that this is likely the most important aspect of your divorce. Our Annapolis custody lawyers will not hesitate to take your case to court if that is the best way to protect your interests and the interests of your child.
For more information on parenting time in Maryland, call (410) 220-6784 or contact us online.