Protect Your Family In Custody Determinations
Annapolis family law courts do everything possible to ensure that final custody arrangements and child support obligations are fair and provide a permanent solution. But the courts also understand that circumstances change.
If you are involved in a legal matter involving child custody or child support modification, your attorney will need to understand the legal standard to modify custody, visitation and/or child support.
At the Law Office of Dawn M. Green, in Annapolis, Maryland, family law and related matters are our focused area of practice. We have extensive experience working with clients on both sides of modification issues. We use our experience to argue the proper application of the law.
How Is Child Custody And Visitation Determined?
In determining the issue of child custody and visitation, the main concern of the court is the best interest of the child. Many factors are considered by the court in determining the best interest of the child, to include but not limited to:
- The fitness of the parents
- The willingness of the parents to share custody
- The relationship established between the child and each parent
- Any possibility for disruption in the child’s social and educational life
- The demands of parental employment
- The sincerity of the parents’ request
- The age, health and sex of the child
- The proximity of the parent’s homes to one another
- The preference of the child
- The existing custodial/visitation schedule
If circumstances change, we can also handle child custody and child support modifications.
We Will Fully Explain The Types Of Child Custody
As a dedicated Maryland family law attorney, Dawn Green will explain what your custody options are. There are two types of custody:
- Legal custody
- Physical custody
Legal custody is the right to make major decisions affecting minor children, to include, but not be limited to education, medical care and religion. Legal custody is shared, shared with one parent having final decision-making authority or awarded solely to one parent.
Physical custody refers to where the children will reside. This can also be either shared or granted exclusively to one parent. When one parent is granted sole physical custody, the other parent, absent extraordinary circumstances, will be awarded visitation rights. These rights vary significantly depending on each case. We will help you understand your goals, interests and most importantly, what is in the best interests of your children.
Child Custody And Support Modifications
We have experience handling modification cases involving:
- Child relocations, move-aways
- Modification of child custody, both legal and physical
- Modification of child support obligations
We can help you determine what steps to take in order to pursue a modification of custody or support.
Take The First Step To Protecting Your Family Today
You do not have to navigate the complicated legal procedures involved with divorce, custody, visitation and/or child support on your own. We can provide you with the legal representation you deserve.