Annapolis Child Custody Lawyers

For many people going through a divorce, determining what will happen to the children is the most crucial issue. If you and your spouse do not see eye to eye on child custody, it is important to be represented by an experienced and compassionate lawyer.

At the law firm of Trainor, Billman, Bennett & Milko, LLP, our Annapolis child custody attorneys help parents protect their relationships with their children. We offer insightful, attentive counsel and representation to clients throughout the Annapolis region and the Eastern Shore.

Putting a Workable Child Custody Plan in Place

Under Maryland law, when a couple with children gets divorced, the future care and support of the children must be determined through a child custody plan. This plan can be arrived at through negotiation, mediation or litigation, and it must address the following issues:

  • Residential custody: Also known as physical custody, this is what most people think of when they think of custody. This custody concerns where exactly the child will live. In Maryland, one parent typically gets primary custody, while the other parent's visitation rights and access rights may be relatively limited or more extensive.
  • Legal custody: This is the authority to participate in important decisions over a child's health, education and welfare. In most cases in Maryland, both parents are entitled to equal legal custody rights — even if only one parent is granted primary residential custody.

For many of our clients, the prospect of compromising over child custody issues is a difficult one. However, in the long run, children generally benefit from having strong relationships with both of their parents, and the parents can benefit from each other's help with parenting as well.

However, there are cases where one parent is clearly unfit or making unreasonable demands. Our team of trial lawyers is fully prepared to take custody cases to court when necessary.

Contact Our Maryland Divorce Attorneys

If you are going through a divorce, we can help resolve custody and other family law matters. Contact our Annapolis child custody lawyers online or call 410-280-1700 to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your situation. Our offices are located in downtown Annapolis, just steps from the courthouse, with readily accessible parking.