As you go through divorce, one of the most pressing issues on your mind is child custody. How much will you get to see your child? Will you get sole, joint or no custody? Regardless of your marital problems, you still love your child and want to be an involved parent. While it is impossible to predict how a judge will rule in your custody case, you can get an idea by knowing the judge has the best interests of your child in mind.
Aiming for the best interests of your child sounds good, but what exactly does it mean? This is confusing legal jargon for many parents. Continue reading below for some factors considered in Maryland custody decisions.
1. Your relationship with your child before divorce
Who has been providing the most care for your child up to this point in time? Consistency is one factor in determining the best interests of your child. If one parent has been disproportionately providing care for your child while the other one travels a lot, the judge will certainly consider this.
2. Your support of the other parent
Divorce is a messy process, but the judge will determine whether you are cooperative with your parenting schedule. Do you encourage your child to have a healthy relationship with your ex? If you talk badly about the other parent in front of your child or interfere with visitation, this could negatively impact your case.
3. The preference of your child
In Maryland, there is no specific age that requires the court to listen to the opinion of your child, but it is a potential factor. Depending on age and maturity, the court will consider involving your child in litigation on a case-by-case basis. This is not the sole deciding factor, but consider the possibility.
These are just a few examples of what determines the best interests of your child. The courts also consider many other factors. For help throughout your custody battle, consult a Maryland family law attorney.