General Custody & Visitation Articles

  • In a child custody case, or a contested child support case, the judge may choose to appoint a lawyer for the child. The judge may also choose to interview the child personally. A child who is at least 16 years old may also choose to ask for a custody change directly.
  • Custody and visitation are the legal terms for court decisions about how the child will spend his/her time between parents (or others).
  • Guardianship is a sub-set of custody. Often, a third party just needs to obtain guardianship for health and/or educational purposes. This is less intrusive than custody.
  • A Standby Guardian is a person appointed by a parent or parents of a child to take care of the child in the event that the parent (s) is mentally or physically incapable of doing so.
  • Grandparent visitation rights are codified in the Maryland Code, Family Law Article, Section 9-102.
  • Visitation is the part of the court order that defines when, how and where the non-custodial parent may have contact with the child.
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