Maryland Custody
Secondary MENU

Maryland Custody

Maryland custody is simple once you understand how the system really works.

And that's unfortunate, because what the politicians in Tallahassee tell you about child custody in Maryland isn't always the case.

The system isn't anywhere near as fair as they want you to believe.

When looking at child custody guidelines in Maryland, there will be references to "primary caretaker" and "more qualified" parent.

In none of the official guidelines will you find the intangible criteria actually used to establish child custody in the real world.

If you and your spouse can't decide child custody yourselves, the state of Maryland will decide where your children live.

The establishment of child custody starts with filing a motion at your local Maryland county family law courthouse.

At some point, the county will assign a Maryland custody evaluator who will meet with the parties involved; including the school, doctors, etc.

An evaluation is then conducted, by the county, that determines which of you is the best parent for the children.

The process starts by having the assigned evaluator perform the evaluation.

Even better, expect to be subjected to a psychological profile and at the end of this process, the custody evaluator will write a report and submit that to family court.

You'll also receive a copy of this evaluation report.

Many people believe custody is established by the judge in your case, the fact is custody is determined by the evaluator, not the judge.

The evaluators report is simply read by the judge who rubber stamps it, because they know very little about you, your spouse, your children, or your family setting.

The evaluator, having conducted extensive research, then issuing a report, knows there's no way the judge is going to overrule theie recommendation.

In highly contested disputes, judges will on occasion order a guardian ad litem to protect the children's interests during the evaluation.

A guardian ad litem doesn't determine custody, but will act as a advocate of the children to ensure the children's interests are protected while you and your spouse argue about custody.

Now, Guardians can be lawyers or social workers they just need to be approved by the court and there are private guardians along with public ones employed by your local Maryland county.

Regarding cost, a private guardian ad litem will charge from $50 per hour to $400, as opposed to a public guardians who typically charge less.

It's typical for spouses to share the cost of the guardian ad litem.

If you can't afford a guardian ad litem, typically one is provided free of change.

If you want your Maryland custody case executed properly, Matt O'Connell's divorce guide is the ultimate resource for you. Matt O'Connell is the leading expert on the Internet and has been providing divorce advice in Maryland since 2005.

Matt is the leading expert on the Internet and has been providing divorce advice since 2005.

In his guide, he details the entire divorce process and common pitfalls.

Even if you're using a attorney, his advice will still save you thousands and get you a better result.

So Click Here to give Matt's advice a try.