In any child custody case, the court should focus on one thing above all else: the best interests of the child. This is true in Maryland child custody cases and those around the country.
There are a number of factors that help the court determine what is in the child’s best interests, including:
A parent’s interests are important and can play a role in determining child custody, but generally, a parent’s interests are considered in terms of what is best for the child.
When a court decides what is in the child’s best interests in cases where parents have requested joint custody, it must consider additional factors, including:
Source: The Women’s Law Center of Maryland, “Marriage & Divorce in Maryland: The Best Interest of the Child Standard,” 2008.
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