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Judge tries to correct order in child custody case

Maryland readers may be aware of an unusual custody case in which a convicted rapist received joint legal custody of a child conceived during an assault. The case has sparked outrage across the nation, with many arguing that the rights of the victim and her child should be placed above those of the biological father. The child custody matter has been temporarily halted as the judge in the case scrambles to correct the matter.

Child custody case could lead to jail time for this mother

Most Maryland residents are aware that divorce and custody cases often take a turn for the worse. Even so, most people assume that their own child custody case will not follow a similar path. Far too many parents are shocked or blindsided when their spouse decides to take an aggressive stance on an issue that was never presented as a problem throughout the marriage. An example is found in a West Coast case in which a mother could spend time behind bars for refusing to comply with a court order.

State heard child custody cases in separate court

There are certain situations that create a reaction within the community, and some to changes in the way the a local court system functions. An example is found in the state other than Maryland that up until recently heard child custody cases involving unwed parents in a different court from cases involving married parties. Public outrage and legal challenges led to a change in how cases are heard in that particular jurisdiction.

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.