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More flexible child custody arrangements on the rise

Attitudes towards fathers' roles in parenting are changing, and with this change comes a change in child custody agreements. Parents in Maryland and throughout the country are increasingly coming up with creative arrangements that put the child's needs first and allow both parents to remain significant presences in their children's lives.

Legislative changes favor shared custody

Maryland parents going through divorce and child custody issues are increasingly looking toward shared custody. Also called co-parenting, it involves each parent sharing approximately 50 percent of custody time. While modern courts tend to look on shared custody favorably, a number of legislators are hoping to make it a legal presumption, even in cases where parents disagree.

Custody and co-parenting tips for fathers

Maryland fathers who are seeking custody or visitation time with their children after a divorce might want to think about what they will request and why. Being able to clearly articulate a reason why a certain plan for custody is the best one will be important whether the father needs to persuade the other parent in negotiations or a judge during litigation. The plan should take the work schedules of the parents into account, but ultimately, it must also be in the best interests of the child.

Establishing rules for separate households

Maryland parents who are ending their marriage will need to discuss how to proceed with their parenting plan. Most parents want to give their children as much stability and security as possible when the family structure changes so drastically and one way to provide this is by establishing rules that will be effect in both parents' homes. This provides constancy and normalcy for children who are already dealing with the major changes a divorce brings.

The need for shared parenting for working moms

Maryland parents may not know that Canada has a much higher ratio of women working than the United States. There are a variety of reasons for this, but one may be the way that child custody decisions are made by divorce courts. Historically, courts in the majority of cases have awarded sole or primary physical custody to mothers.

Planning for recurring child-related expenses

In Maryland, many divorce cases involve parents who share children. When parents are planning to divorce, they may want to think about who will be responsible to pay for the children's expenses for things such as returning to school and extracurricular activities. By including these types of issues in parenting plans, the exes may avoid future disagreements.

Child custody issues can arise in unexpected situations

In Maryland, child custody issues can often arise at unexpected times and places. While many people associate custody with divorce, there are many types of concerns for families that could lead them to develop a custody plan for their children. One example that has been seen across the country is that of undocumented immigrants fearing detention and deportation.

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.