Maryland law presumes that the husband of the mother is the child’s father because the mother is married at the time of the child’s conception or birth. Problems can arise, however, when the mother is married and someone claims paternity of her child and that person is not her husband. Although the situation between the parties…

Drug or alcohol treatment in Maryland custody cases can be a sensitive issue. Oftentimes, a parent’s successful completion of alcohol treatment, may impact a judge’s decision to grant or modify legal or physical custody. For those parents who have had alcohol or drug treatment in the past, it is normal to be concerned that your past…

A Maryland single parent faces many concerns and obstacles, but co-parenting with an argumentative or absentee mother or father can be an ongoing strain on both a Maryland single parent and their child. By following simple single parent dos and don’ts, you can improve your relationship with your co-parent, provide a stable environment for your…

Many relationships end naturally, and the parents can co-parent effectively for months and years with ease. Sometimes, without warning a parent severely restricts contact between the other parent and the child. The restricting parent may claim any number of erroneous reasons, but the restriction is often immediately following the other parent starting a new relationship, becoming…

Maryland parental rights include the right to establish and maintain a relationship with your child. Although you may have the right to be in your child’s life, it may be difficult to enforce your parental rights in Maryland without a written custody agreement or filed child custody order. When parents of a child are married,…

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