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Facts about child custody in Maryland

If you are going through a child custody dispute, it is important to note that state laws differ considerably when it comes to certain aspects of child custody. In Maryland, the Uniform Child Custody Act was adopted in 1957, which means that it is easier to navigate inter-state child custody disputes.

Some common types of child custody disputes

When going through a divorce or separation, one of the most difficult parts is accepting that your children will never again have parents who are together. While you may feel guilt or anger when thinking about this, it is important that you come to a place of acceptance. From there, you will be able to move forward in a positive way and do what is truly best for your children.

Does my ex have malicious parent syndrome?

As a single parent, it's likely that you simply want the best for your child. If the best for your child means sharing custody with your ex, then you are probably willing to deal with this. However, it can be very frustrating when you are pursuing the best for your child while the other parent is not. If your ex is always acting in a spiteful and vindictive manner toward you, they may have malicious parent syndrome.

Tips for co-parenting during Halloween

Halloween is a chance for families to make beautiful memories with their children. It may only be one day of the year, but separated parents can often become involved in disputes regarding who has the right to spend time with their children over the Halloween period. This is why it is always best to plan ahead and practice clear communication.

Work with your ex to address sibling rivalries

The changes that come with a divorce can make children act in manners they wouldn't usually behave. One thing that can come at this time is sibling rivalry. Even kids who haven't ever gone through this might suddenly start to have these battles when their parents split up. While it is normal for siblings to vie for attention, the uptick in this situation might need to be addressed.

Parenting styles might differ, but children can still thrive

Child custody situations aren't always easy to work through. If you and your ex agree on most of the major points of raising children, you might find that makes it is a bit easier. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. When there are disagreements, you need to have a plan for how to work through the situation. We are here to help you focus your parenting plan on what is beneficial to the children.

Dispute resolution in child custody can help with difficult exes

When you are going through a child custody matter, you have to put the child's needs first. This doesn't always come easily, especially for those who are dealing with a controlling, manipulative, or narcissistic ex. In these cases, you have to consider how the contentious matters between you and your ex might impact your children.

At what age should children decide on their custody plan?

When going through a divorce, you have likely spoken to your child about their future living arrangements, no matter their age. It's possible that even very young children will have questions and communicate preferences about which parent they would like to live with in the future.

Think carefully about how your parenting plan impacts the kids

Parenting plans are the basis of your co-parenting relationship. When you set it up, you have to think about what is best for the children and not what is easiest for you. This can be difficult because you might want everything your way after the divorce. Taking a step back and looking at the situation as a whole might help you determine what you are going to do to make the transition from one home to the other a bit easier for the kids.

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