Ensuring the safety and stability of your children’s lives is the most important aspect of all custody arrangements. Part of those arrangements often include a parenting plan. These plans are determined by either the parties themselves or by the court during divorce/custody proceedings to ensure that the best interest of the children are the priority in any matter involving children.
What Issues Does a Parenting Agreement Address?
The agreements themselves usually provide details for where the children will live and with whom, as well as guidelines for how visitation will work and what a visitation schedule would be. Maryland Law on these issues can be quite complex, and leaves Judges with a tremendous amount of discretion. However, an experienced legal professional will help you understand and navigate the finer points of how it works. A skilled family lawyer will also suggest various creative options tailored to the specific facts of your case. Each family is unique and there is no single approach to any issue that works for everyone. Zhanna A, Maydanich, Esq, at ZM Law Group has 20 years of experience and will offer various creative solutions which can make all the difference in your case.
What is the Difference Between Legal and Physical Custody in Maryland?
There are many decisions about your children’s lives that must be made before they are of age and can make decisions for themselves. Things like religion, education, and ongoing healthcare all require the input of the child’s parents. However, in some cases, having either or both parents equally involved in making those decisions may not be in the Children’s best interest. There are many factors specific to each case that can determine who will have legal custody of the children and to what extent.
A physical custodian provides a more permanent place of residence for the children and oversees their day-to-day lives. Which parent has physical custody of the children is determined upon the unique circumstances of each case. The basis of physical custody is discretionary for the Court and determined through an analysis of various factors involved on a cases by case basis. The parties themselves can agree, or the Court will award either joint physical custody or sole physical custody, depending on the circumstances of each case.
Joint legal and joint physical custody means that both parents will be jointly involved in making decisions regarding all aspects of their children’s lives. However, sometimes, this type of co-parenting is not possible and is not in the children’s best interest. It’s important to understand the advantages and pitfalls of this type of co-parenting arrangement and ZM Law Group will help you analyze whether this type of arrangement will serve the best interest of your Children.