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Approaching a child custody hearing

Putting the needs of a child first takes high precedence in divorce proceedings for Maryland parents who share children. The last thing children should be exposed to during the divorce of their parents is the ramifications associated with a child custody battle. Having the right information not only aids in the case preparation, it also allows the parent to enter the child custody hearing with confidence.

Many factors are considered in the court's decision, such as the parents' wishes, which parent is the main provider, current custody arrangements and the existing relationship between each parent and the child. It's important for both parents to be supportive and respectful of each one's relationship with the child as well. Courts will also consider the age, any special needs or any other related factors for each child.

In some situations, the court will consider a request for modification of an existing child custody agreement. Acceptable situations include relocation, the well-being of the child and the death of a parent, among other valid causes. It is important for one to know his or her state's guidelines associated with any modifications to a child custody agreement when considering to pursue this request.

The strain of a child custody battle can leave parents and children feeling an undesirable amount of emotions. Maryland parents can lower any tensions in the courtroom by devising a constructive plan before proceeding. The more prepared someone can be, the more assured he or she will feel throughout the process. It's advised to consider all the Maryland child custody laws and options available before beginning the process.

Source: thespruce.com, "Answers to Parents' Top 20 Questions About Child Custody", Jennifer Wolf, Accessed on Dec. 8, 2017

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