Parents who divorce should take great care to establish appropriate child custody and visitation terms. Maryland courts, like the courts of other states, are required to issue orders based on what is the young person’s best interests, but that can be a very complex and subjective evaluation. At Stark and Keenan, P.A. in Bel Air, we are accomplished family lawyers who work with each client closely to develop a comprehensive perspective on the needs of their children. Whenever possible, we work to find consensus that fosters a spirit of cooperation going forward. However, our trial experience benefits the mothers and fathers we represent if key decisions must go to the judge.
In Harford County and across the area, we deliver knowledgeable assistance to parents concerning:
The factors used by courts in custody determinations and how they are weighted vary from situation to situation. With the guidance of one of our family law attorneys, you’ll learn how parental fitness, educational needs and even the child’s preference might impact the outcome.
When one parent relocates or some other material change occurs that may justify a revision to custody or visitation terms, a parent can file a motion for modification. If the change is disputed, courts use a similar “best interests” analysis to determine if the party seeking the change has demonstrated that the modification is appropriate. If you are seeking an adjustment due to a job change, family illness, financial issue or concern about a risk to your child, we can advise you on the best way to make the argument and the likelihood of success. Our firm also represents mothers and fathers opposing modifications as well as those seeking to enforce the terms of an existing order through negotiation or a contempt hearing, if warranted.
Stark and Keenan, P.A. handles child custody negotiations, mediation and litigation for clients in Harford County and the rest of the greater Baltimore metro area. If you require assistance with a custody issue or another type of family law challenge, please call or contact us online. Our offices are in Bel Air and Baltimore.