In Maryland, there are two types of child custody: legal and physical. Legal custody refers to the power to make major life decisions, such as medical, educational, and religious choices, for the child. Legal custody may be joint, or may be held by one parent. Physical custody refers to the parent with whom the child lives. One parent may have sole physical custody with the other having visitation, or the parents may have shared physical custody. When courts decide physical and legal custody, they do so according to the “best interests of the child” set forth in Maryland law.
Custody matters are difficult for parents and children alike. Whether in divorce, between parents who have never married, or in modifying an existing custody order, when faced with a child custody dispute, you are concerned primarily with one thing: your children’s well-being. In addition to wanting the custody arrangement that will work best for your children, you want to minimize ongoing stress for your family.
At the Law Office of Shelly M. Ingram, we are dedicated to helping you and your family resolve custody matters in a way that works best for you. To this end, we are skilled in a variety of means of dispute resolution. You know what’s best for your own family, so when possible, we help you craft creative resolutions through negotiation, mediation, or collaborative law. If the structure of the court process is a better fit given your family’s specific needs, we will advocate for you throughout the litigation process.
Whatever the nature of your Maryland child custody matter, family law attorney, Shelly Ingram, offers the legal skill and experience necessary to help reach a resolution that works for your family. Call us at (301) 658-7354 or contact us through our website to schedule a consultation at our law located just outside of Columbia in Fulton, Maryland. We look forward to working with you.
To learn more, we invite you to explore our Frequently Asked Questions about Maryland child custody.