Keeping Dad In The Picture: Fathers’ Rights In Maryland Child Custody

Even 20 years ago, it was not unusual for the court to award the mother physical custody of the child or children in a divorce. However, these days, Maryland judges understand how important it is that children have both parents play a role in their upbringing. Judges and courts reflect this change in values and commonly order joint custody between parents.

Attorney Jeffrey N. Greenblatt of Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA, has helped parents establish their rights in Maryland child custody cases for more than 45 years. He can help you understand your rights and obligations. He will work with you to create a plan that is in the best interest of your child or children.

Why Establish Paternity?

In today’s world, we have families of all kinds. When a child is born to a married couple, the state assumes that the husband is the father. Some parents choose never to marry. In these cases, the state does not automatically assume that the male partner is the father. For unmarried fathers it is wise, and in many cases required, that they prove paternity. In fact, for unmarried couples, a court cannot order child support to be paid or create child custody and visitation until paternity is established.

The Importance Of Having A Father In A Child’s Life

In most cases, it is to the benefit of the child or children to have their dad be an integral part of their life. Fathers who are invested in their child’s well-being want to be there to provide financial and emotional support, confidence, role-modeling, guidance and discipline. Fathers want to be there for those milestone moments as well as the everyday ones. Attorney Jeff Greenblatt understands the importance of having both parents play an active role in the child’s life after a separation or divorce.

There are of course exceptions. In cases where there is a history of abuse, neglect, addiction or mental illness, it may not be possible or prudent to have an unfit parent be a caregiver to the child.

Get Compassionate And Skilled Child Custody Guidance

Jeff knows how important it is for both parents to provide support and love to their children. The best way to achieve this is with parenting and timeshare plans that provide both parents with quality time with the children. Call 240-406-7311 and speak to an experienced child custody attorney about your case. You can also reach Jeff via website inquiry email.