Child Custody Lawyer in Queen Anne’s County
Representing Parents in Custody Disputes
At Matthew Penick Law, we have extensive experience handling all types of child custody disputes. Whether your custody dispute arises during your divorce, after your divorce, or with the unmarried parent of your child, our family law attorney knows how to help you move forward.
We understand the stress involved for parents in any child custody matter. We know that these cases can threaten your relationship with your child and affect your family for years to come. Matthew Penick will always fight to protect your parental rights and your child’s best interests.
Involved in a child custody dispute? Request a free consultation by calling Matthew Penick Law at (410) 618-0863.
Understanding Child Custody Arrangements
As in most states, custody in Maryland is divided into two categories:
- Legal custody, in which a parent is responsible for making basic life decisions concerning a child’s education, religion, health care, and other important matters
- Physical custody, which determines with whom the child will live and includes day-to-day decisions
Both legal and physical custody may be awarded jointly or solely. Thus, both parents may have joint legal custody while only one has physical custody or vice versa. Joint physical custody may also not translate to a completely 50-50 arrangement.
Generally, Maryland courts prefer to award joint custody to make sure the child enjoys an ongoing relationship with both parents. However, if a parent is deemed unfit, he or she will not be awarded custody. Unfitness is generally based on a parent’s history of domestic violence, child abuse, or substance abuse.
Maryland courts do not favor mothers over fathers when it comes to custody. Their goal is to award custody based on what is best for the child. Furthermore, custody arrangements can be modified by the courts at later times when it is deemed appropriate and in a child’s best interests.
Why Choose Matthew Penick Law?
Matthew is particularly experienced at handling child custody cases. In fact, he receives appointments by several local courts to represent children in contested custody cases. This appointment requires distinct training and experience. Matthew is dedicated to protecting the rights and interests of children in every custody case he handles.
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