Child Visitation Attorney
If you are looking to gain visitation rights to see your child, or to prevent someone from gaining visitation rights.
Child Visitation Attorney in Elkton, MD
Looking for a child visitation attorney in Elkton, MD?
Children are often front and center when a couple is separating in and it is most unfortunate that their lives are been affected. Coming up with a plan on how to address their living, schooling, and various other necessary arrangements is critical. In all Elkton, MD child custody cases, the standard is what is in the “best interests of the child.” The Court in Harford County, MD and Cecil County, MD will consider factors such as the fitness of each parent, the parent’s ability to communicate and reach shared decisions and the relationship between the child and each parent. Contact our experienced family law attorneys specialized in child visitation in Elkton, MD who represent clients in all types of child custody matters including initial determinations of custody and modifications of existing custody arrangements including visitation.
There are two types of custody: Legal Custody and Physical Custody.
Legal custody refers to the privilege of making major decisions in the best interest of the child, particularly with respect to education, medical and religious decisions.
Physical Custody refers to the day to day actual physical location of where the child is and who is caring for the child.
Both of these types of custody could be awarded to one parent solely, both parents jointly, or to neither parent (i.e. a third-party). There are many gradations in between and the Court in Harford County, MD and Cecil County, MD could grant shared physical custody but favor one parent over the other in terms of time with the child given to each parent. Cases involving custody to someone other than a parent (i.e. a third-party) can be very difficult and there is a presumption that a child’s welfare is best served in the custody of a parent rather than the custody of a third-party. However, if a third-party is seeking custody, that party must prove to the Court in Harford County, MD and Cecil County, MD that both parents are unfit, or that extraordinary circumstances exist which would render parental custody detrimental to a child.
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Custody determinations are subject to the Harford County and Cecil County Court’s discretion, and often require a lot of time and effort for both the parent and the attorneys to work out a suitable arrangement. Custody is always modifiable so long as there is a material change of circumstances. Having an experienced custody attorney in Elkton, MD on retainer is very important if you want to ensure that you are able to spend time with your child or children, and that you get the type of custody that makes sense for you and your child or children.
Visitation refers to time that a non-custodial caregiver spends with a child. Visitation may be supervised or unsupervised depending on the Harford County, MD and Cecil County, MD Court’s order and may be as frequent or infrequent as the Judge determines to be in the best interest of the child.
Child custody and visitation are huge issues in divorce proceedings. The Harford County, MD and Cecil County, MD Court’s decisions on child custody and visitation will determine the quality of your life and your family’s life for years to come. To prevail, you need an experienced, levelheaded family law attorney who will work hard on your behalf. At the Law Offices of Stuart E. Williams in Elkton, MD, we are thorough and meticulous in family law. Our experience with clients throughout Harford County, MD and Cecil County, MD has taught us that with custody and visitation, the smallest details make all the difference.