Trusted Maryland Child Custody Lawyers
Skilled legal representation for you—and your children
No divorce issue is more painful—or contentious—than custody of children. While many couples work out custody and parenting time details on their own, many cannot. Questions about child custody arise during the process of divorce and well after.
Discepolo LLP has a strong presence throughout Towson, Catonsville, Columbia, Essex, and Ellicott City—our law firm has over a decade of experience serving clients and families in Baltimore and Howard counties and beyond.
Retaining an experienced law firm is important to support your rights—and the well-being of your children. Our divorce attorneys in Maryland deliver clear information, superb representation during negotiations, and aggressive advocacy when needed in a courtroom.
Child custody laws in Maryland
Like many states, the standard for custodial decisions in Maryland is the best interests of a child. In cases of contested custody, divorce lawyers with our law firm prepare and assist you through steps toward a judicial decision about the custody of your child, or children. Points about that process include the following:
Mediation: In appropriate cases, Circuit Courts in Maryland provide low cost or free mediation services to couples with disagreements concerning custody or parenting time. Mediation provides a low conflict venue for resolution of issues.
Custody assessment: If parents cannot agree, the court may order a custodial evaluation to assist in making a custody decision. In preparing for custody assessment, our attorneys can review the best interests factors with you, including the following:
- Fitness of parents, including any characteristic bearing on ability to care for a child
- Character, reputation, and wishes of parents, including agreements already made
- Age, health, and gender of child, preferences of a child if at an appropriate age to state
- Residential and visitation possibilities
Custody types: The types of custody possible in Maryland include legal and physical custody. Legal custody is the right to make important decisions for a child about healthcare, education, and other matters. Physical custody is the authority to provide residential care. A couple or court may decide one parent should have sole or primary custody, or parents able to work together may be granted joint physical or joint legal custody.
Children are forever, but divorce is not. If you have questions or concerns about child custody—speak with our attorneys. We provide tenacious, skilled representation to move you—and your children—out of conflict, and into your future.
The choice of divorce attorneys is yours—make it count
Any divorce lawyer can handle your case. In divorce law matters, do not settle for just any lawyer. If you have questions about child custody in Baltimore or Howard counties, contact our divorce attorneys in Howard County at Discepolo LLP 24 hours a day to obtain information and discuss how we can help.
We represent clients throughout Howard County, including Ellicott City and Columbia. In Baltimore County, our lawyers serve clients in Baltimore, Towson, Essex, and Catonsville.
Located in the Inner Harbor, our law firm is easily accessible and offers on-site, validated parking.
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