Child Custody and Support Articles

What’s the Difference Between Sole and Shared Custody?

Determining appropriate custody arrangements for minor children can be difficult when going through a divorce or separation. One of the primary concerns that may arise is which parent will gain custody of the child, or if joint custody will be established. It is important to understand the different types of custody agreements so you and…

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Receiving Child Support Services

In Maryland child support cases, both parents are presumed to be the natural custodians of their children, unless otherwise stated. As such, both parents, in addition to aunts, uncles, grandparents, court-appointed guardians and any other established natural custodian, qualify for child support services. While there are many different benefits of child support services utilized by…

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Visitation and Custody Rights of Third Parties

Child custody and visitation proceedings are controlled by strict protocols in the state of Maryland. A judge can bestow child custody or visitation rights on a third party only if certain circumstances exist. Here, the family law attorneys at Rodier Family Law provide an overview of visitation and custody rights of third parties. Defining Third…

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Medical Insurance Coverage Options for Minor Children After Divorce

Maryland law requires parents to provide adequate financial support for their biological or adopted children, and this includes covering healthcare and medical expenses. The division of insurance and out-of-pocket medical care costs between parents is determined by the court based, on the circumstances of the case. Here, the family law attorneys at Rodier Family Law…

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How to Proceed if You are Denied Child Custody

Losing custody of your child(ren) is heartbreaking, but it is important to calmly assess the situation, and focus on the critical steps you must take after this happens. Here, the family law attorneys at Rodier Family Law detail how you should proceed if you are denied child custody. Listen Carefully to the Judge’s Decision Unless…

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Child Support Arrears: What They Are and How to Get Them Paid

If you are owed child support, it is essential to understand the tools you have at your disposal to resolve any issues. Here, the experienced attorneys at Rodier Family Law explain what child support arrears are and how you can collect on missed payments. Child Support Arrears Many non-custodial parents, or parents without primary custody,…

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The Establishment of Paternity and Its Impacts on Child Custody Rights

In a typical custody dispute, the custody of a child is usually decided between two biological parents. But, if the parents of the child were not married at the time of the birth, the father’s paternity will first have to be established before the court will grant visitation or custody. Here, the experts at Rodier…

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Child Custody Concerns

Divorce, which is often a complex and difficult process, is complicated even further by child custody concerns. Here, the experienced legal professionals at Rodier Family Law touch on four common concerns regarding child custody. Maternal vs. Paternal Custody Question: As a father, am I less likely to be granted custody of my child? Answer: There…

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Domestic Violence: What To Do When You’re Ready To Leave

The idea of leaving a violent relationship can be scary to navigate on your own, even more so when you must consider how to protect not only yourself but also your children. It takes many victims months or even years to take the final step of leaving the relationship. As you prepare for this transition,…

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De Facto Parenting in Maryland

In July of 2016, the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled to increase rights afforded to third party individuals that meet the criteria of “de facto” parents. The family law attorneys at Rodier Family Law examine the ruling and explain what the mandate means for Maryland families. In July, the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled, in…

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