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Child Custody Lawyer in Largo

Protecting the Best Interests of Your Child

At Gray Legal, P.C., our Largo child custody lawyer can help you work to retain or obtain custody of your child. Whether you simply need advice on how to proceed or you are looking for full-service representation, we are prepared to assist you every step of the way. Child custody cases can be complicated and difficult to navigate, which is why our team offers compassionate guidance and personalized legal counsel throughout the process.

Contact us online or by phone at (301) 281-4817 to discuss your situation with our Largo-based child custody attorney today. We serve clients throughout Hyattsville and Bowie.

Types of Child Custody in Maryland

In Maryland, the courts can order several types of custody, including:

  • Temporary Custody: Also known as pendente lite custody, temporary custody is given to one parent for the duration of the litigation process. It is important to note that temporary custody is not an "initial" award of custody.
  • Legal and Physical Custody: Legal custody refers to the rights given to a parent that allow them to make decisions for the child. Physical custody refers to which parent the child will reside and have daily contact with.
  • Sole custody: This is when a single parent is granted sole physical custody, sole legal custody, or both.
  • Split custody: When there are multiple children shared between both parents, the court may grant full custody to one parent for one child while granting full custody over the other child to the other parent. This is often the case when there is an age difference between the children and one child's wishes are granted.
  • Joint custody: In joint custody arrangements, both parents are given authority over several aspects of the child's upbringing. This includes joint legal custody, shared physical custody, or a combination of the two.

How Is Custody Determined?

When both parents cannot come to a mutual agreement on child custody, the case gets brought before a judge. During custody hearings, several factors are considered by the judge. These can include the wishes and age of the child, current health status, criminal records of both parents, current relationships between the child and parents, and the amount of contact that each parent has with the child, among other things.

Schedule a free initial consultation with our Largo child custody attorney when you call (301) 281-4817 or contact us online.

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