How Is Custody And Visitation Determined?

It is the question every divorcing couple asks: Who gets custody of the kids?

A judge decides on child custody and visitation rights based on the children's best interests. This means they will consider factors such as:

  • Each parent's health
  • Financial states
  • Locations of residence
  • Ability to negotiate on parenting decisions
  • Who spent the most time caring for the kids
  • History of abuse
  • Child's wishes (if old enough)

Contrary to what many believe, mothers do not have an advantage in earning custody rights. The safety and well-being of the children are the most important components so the outcome will be determined by factors like the ones listed above.

Serving All Custody Needs For Parents And Relatives

For many parents, custody rights are the most important element of a divorce case. At Haskell & Zimmerman, we strive to understand each client's unique situation and their goals in the divorce. Our attorneys are skilled in both negotiation and court proceedings so we will find the best strategy for you and work to achieve the best outcome for you and your children.

We also help to obtain third-party custody. Grandparents, aunts, uncles or other relatives may be seeking custody if the children's parents are unable or unfit to care for them. Third-party custody is a more complex process that requires a lot of evidence and work. We can guide you and fight for custody rights if you are a relative of the children.

Ask A Lawyer About Your Case

It is important to find a lawyer you trust when you are in such a difficult period of your life. You can set up a free consultation with us by contacting us online or calling 240-326-3625. We serve clients in Upper Marlboro, Prince Frederick, Leonardtown and all across Maryland.