Child Custody and Support Articles

The Basics of Child Custody in Maryland

The family law attorneys at Rodier Family Law break down the legal differences between the various types of child custody in the state of Maryland. Child custody cannot be defined simply as a parent’s legal right to a role in his or her child’s life.  Parents who are awarded legal custody have the right to…

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The ‘Best Interests’ Standard

Responsible parents regularly sacrifice their own well-being for their children’s health and happiness. But when parents choose to divorce, their own emotional baggage sometimes clouds their judgment when it comes to what’s best for their child. Rodier Family Law examine the ‘best interests’ standard, a law that ensures that the well-being of the child remains…

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Summer Vacation Tips for the Divorced or Separated

Every year children eagerly await the end of the school year, as summer break is a rite of passage and one of the many perks of being school aged child. However, for parents who are divorced or separated, this time off can be a nightmare. While summer vacation can quickly turn into a stressful, chaotic…

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Tips to Help You Co-Parent

Being a parent is rewarding and fulfilling – but can also be hard. At times, co-parenting can make this already arduous task seem impossible. If your split from your partner was laden with turmoil and tension, co-parenting may be one of the most challenging aspects of your life. As cliché as it sounds, putting your…

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Facing Custody Issues During a Child’s “Tender Years”

With gender neutrality becoming the norm, mothers and fathers are generally accepted to be equally fit to parent. With this acceptance also comes the idea that joint physical custody should occur earlier in a child’s life if the parents are no longer living together as a couple. However, there has been a slight exception to…

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Pitfalls to Avoid During a Custody Dispute

It’s an unfortunate situation, but all too familiar: Parents unable to agree on major decisions that affect their minor children. Whether it’s the child’s primary residence, or which type of schooling is best, parents who are separated or going through the divorce process often find themselves in a contentious battle when there is not a…

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Spousal Support for Men

Consider this common scenario: a couple separates, the husband makes significantly more than his wife. The husband’s current income will allow him a more comfortable standard of living post-divorce than that of his wife.  The wife will more than likely seek alimony, and if she can demonstrate a need for spousal support, the court will…

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How Do I Change My Child Custody Agreement?

The family law attorneys at Rodier Family Law explain the steps an individual should take when seeking modifications to an established child custody agreement. Child custody arrangements are one of the most debated topics during divorce. However, if a divorced couple finds that their initial arrangement is not working out, there are two primary ways…

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How to Tell If Your Custody Agreement is Working for You and Your Children

The family law attorneys at Rodier Family Law explain methods for determining if a divorced couple’s child custody agreement is a good fit. While navigating through the divorce process, many questions and disputes can arise. Aside from dividing marital assets, such as the family home or rights to a business, many divorce cases also address…

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What Is the Difference Between a Judge and a Magistrate?

The family law attorneys at Rodier Family Law explain the difference between a circuit court judge and a magistrate. The words judge and magistrate are often used interchangeably in legal terms, and there is a common misconception that they represent the same person. However, judges and magistrates have different roles and responsibilities within the legal…

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