Understanding Child Custody Laws

When a marriage or any relationship that involves children is ending, child custody can be one of the most emotional issues involved. Your time with your children is precious, and you want to do everything you can to protect it. While everyone's situation is different, in many cases it can be beneficial to file for child custody.

Maryland follows the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), which most states use to keep child custody laws the same across the country.

  • Joint custody is an option.
  • The state recognizes grandparents' access rights.
  • If a child is under 16, the preference of where he or she wants to live is not automatically considered by the court, but may be a factor in the judge's decision.

Why File For Child Custody?

In some families, mom and dad never put a custody agreement on paper. Maybe they communicate well after divorce. Maybe they are afraid their ex will ask for more time with the kids. Whatever the reason may be that is holding you back, the attorneys at Reinstein, Glackin & Herriott offer guidance based on decades of experience. In many situations, getting a custody order or agreement in writing protects your rights as a parent such as:

  • The right to make decisions about your child.
  • The right to have your child live with you or visit you.

Contact The Attorneys At Reinstein, Glackin & Herriott

We invite you to call our office in Bowie or Rockville to speak with one of our divorce lawyers at 301-850-7349 or toll free at 800-237-3137. Another option to begin scheduling an initial consultation is to send our staff an email.