Custody of children is usually unevenly given to mothers in the case of divorce. Maryland parents may be interested to learn that legislation in another state is pushing toward requiring judges to always consider an order of joint custody in child custody cases. The exception would be in cases where one parent is proved to be unfit to care for the child.
However, much has changed since many of today's child custody laws were adopted. Fathers are now becoming the primary caregiver more than ever before and they have proved to be just as important to the children as the mother. It has created an atmosphere where custody battles are fought not only for custody of the children but also for child support and alimony.
This legislation is not unique to one state as there are several states that are currently considering revising how their family court judges determine custody in cases of divorce and separation. Changes in the laws could allow for a more balanced treatment of how custody is determined for children. Always, though, the best interests of the children should be the first consideration when determining which parent should have the most time with the children.
Parents who divorce often are left with guilt feelings over not having enough time with their children after the divorce. Legislation such as this can help to level the playing field for both parents so that each can spend an adequate amount of time with their children. Maryland parents who are interested in either filing for child custody or for modifying their existing child custody agreement may want to speak to a family law attorney who can help make the process easier.
Source: gloucestertimes.com, "Joint custody bill gets mixed reviews on Beacon Hill", Christian M. Wade, March 26, 2015