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Nesting as a way of helping children adjust to divorce

Maryland parents who are ending their marriage and who are concerned about how a divorce could cause a disruption in their children's lives may want to consider an option known as nesting. With this arrangement, children remain in the family home while parents share custody and take turns living in the home. While this may present a number of challenges, it can also provide children with stability.

What to do when a parent harasses a child by phone or text

Maryland custodial parents of young children might wonder whether they can reduce or block the other parent's communication with their child by text, phone or video call. These communications may be part of the custody and visitation agreement if the non-custodial parent lives far away and is unable to see the child in person regularly. A court is generally reluctant to interfere with the relationship between a parent and child unless there are issues such as abuse.

Establishing paternity or terminating it, an attorney can help

As a father, you have certain rights. For example, you can fight to prove paternity or you can challenge it. You can also fight against the mother giving your child up for adoption. There are any number of actions you can take to either claim your rights as a parent or prove that you have no obligation toward the child in question.

3 facts unmarried new fathers should know

When a relationship ends, many men think that they are completely done with the woman they broke it off with. This isn't the case for a man who finds out that the woman is expecting his baby. Men who aren't married but have a new child with a former girlfriend have specific duties and rights regarding the child. Failing to meet legal obligations could cause problems for you, as well as for the business that you have worked so hard to build.

Maintaining a parenting plan after a move

After a divorce in Maryland, a parent may be committed to remaining in their child's life. Typically, both parents will come together and create a plan as to how they will raise the child despite no longer living together. Ideally, the plan will limit any disruption to the child's life. However, there may come a time when one parent may enter a new relationship.

Nicole Curtis in custody battles with son's father

People in Maryland who follow the HGTV show "Rehab Addict" may know that its star, Nicole Curtis, has a 1-year-old child. Curtis has been involved in court battles with the child's father, Shane Maguire, since he filed a paternity claim not long after the child's birth when Curtis still had sole custody. Curtis responded by requesting child support and payment for child care and birth costs.

Standards for designating a parent as primary caretaker

When a Maryland couple with children decides to divorce, they need to agree on how to divide parenting time. Otherwise, a family court will decide the terms. A judge will consider many issues when determining child custody cases. In most cases, the court will award sole or primary physical custody to the parent who has been the primary caregiver.

Interstate custody disputes

Even if a divorced parent in Maryland thinks that a custody agreement can be worked out with their ex-spouse personally, it is importantto obtain a child custody order from a judge. If a parent's ex-spouse ever decides to move out of the state, the original child custody order will still be enforceable.

Common problems parents have in child custody cases

Maryland parents who are going through a divorce may struggle to make and keep child custody, support and visitation agreements. Conflict between them can bleed over into attempts to make and fulfill visitation agreements, and this could lead to more time in court trying to force one parent to comply.

Parenting plans and summer vacation

Maryland parents who are divorced might have an agreement with each other to alter custody, visitation and even child support obligations in the summer. Depending on the age and situation of the child, summer can be a much busier time with different activities and more social events. The best way to reduce the strain this might introduce into a co-parenting relationship is to plan ahead. Some parents incorporate a minimum notice requirement for telling one another about their vacation plans into their parenting plan.