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This bill could change one state's child custody approach

Maryland residents may be aware of the widespread shift toward equally divided custody of shared children. This child custody trend has been underway for some time, with various states around the nation considering and sometimes passing legislation that changes the way that family courts approach these cases. One state is currently considering a bill that would require judges to approach all child custody matters from the position that shared 50/50 custody is the preferred solution.

A state tries new child custody approach to reunite families

When a parent is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, one of the biggest things that he or she stands to lose is parental rights. These types of child custody cases are among the most heart wrenching and difficult matters to come before family courts, in Maryland and across the nation. One state is working to find a way to reunite parents and children, and to combat the destruction of families that so often occurs when drug or alcohol addiction is a factor.

Can parents lose child custody rights over IQ testing results?

Most Maryland parents assume that if they provide a safe and loving home for their kids, then their parental rights will never be challenged by the state. In fact, the vast majority of parents give absolutely no thought to having to battle the state for the right to raise their own child. In reality, however, there are cases in which parents have their rights stripped for reasons that are highly questionable to most. An example is found in a case where a couple has lost child custody rights to two children based on their perceived intelligence.

Is it appropriate to include PTSD in child custody determinations

When Maryland parents face off over custody issues, things can quickly take a turn for the worse. Parents naturally want to spend time with their kids, and a divorce cuts into the available time for both parents. That can lead to lengthy battles in which any and every weakness is exposed, often past the boundaries of what is fair or reasonable. An example lies in a case where a father's post-traumatic stress disorder became the central focus of his child custody case.

One state compels collaboration in divorce, child custody cases

Family courts in Maryland and across the nation are overburdened by packed dockets, staffing challenges, cases that take far longer than anticipated and a limited number of hours in the workweek. In many parts of the nation, efforts are taken to reduce the stress that divorce and child custody cases place on the judicial system. One state has passed a new law that compels spouses to at least attempt a collaborative approach prior to coming before the courts.

Good parenting could improve child custody outcomes

When it comes to a custody fight, Maryland parents are often inundated with unsolicited advice. Very often, those pieces of advice are simply too little, too late. The actions that parents take throughout the lives of their children are usually more important in a child custody case than anything that is said or done once the paperwork is filed. In many ways, the advice that can have the greatest impact during a divorce applies to the way that a parent behaves throughout the marriage.

Study links immunity problems to bitter child custody fights

When Maryland parents are preparing to divorce, the impact that such a move will have on their kids is often a top concern. Research has long supported the idea that children who go through divorce are at elevated risk for a number of negative outcomes, including depression, anxiety and social issues. However, a recent study suggests that it may not be the divorce itself, but the manner in which parents handle a divorce and child custody changes that determine how a child will fare.

YouTube videos lead one family to child custody woes

Many Maryland residents have firmly entrenched opinions about the online video sharing platform YouTube. While some find informative and educational content on the site, others feel that it offers little more than an opportunity to waste precious moments throughout any given day. For one family, YouTube has led to a serious child custody issue, one that could have long-ranging ramifications.

Does lengthy divorce wait impact child custody issues?

For many Maryland parents, one of the most stressful aspects of a divorce is figuring out how to share the joys and responsibilities of parenting. It is not uncommon for spouses to spend the bulk of their negotiating time and effort on child custody matters. As multiple states wrangle with the issue of mandatory waiting periods for divorce, parents should consider how such restrictions might impact their own custody path.

Child custody split 3 ways in unusual legal ruling

Faced with the need to determine the care and custody of a child, family law courts in Maryland and elsewhere are tasked with looking into which living arrangement will serve the best interests of the child or children at the center of any given case. In most instances, the court is weighing the options presented by the child's mother and father. There are child custody cases, however, in which the parties do not fit the traditional family mold.