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Legal Custody in Baltimore County.
Legal custody refers to the right and obligation to make long-range decisions concerning long-range decisions including education, religious training, discipline, medical care and other matters of major significance, including:
- Religious training
- Medical car
- Other matters major significance concerning child's life and welfare.
Before a court order is entered, neither parent's legal custody rights are superior to the other.
In cases where both parents have joint legal custody, disagreements still arise-- it is possible for two intelligent and well-meaning parents to have different opinions about th4e same subject matter. Addressing joint legal custody in child custody cases may go a number of different ways:
- One parent can have tie-breaker authority to resolve any disput4es and differences concerning a long-range legal custody decision. This kind of tie-breaker authority can only be legitimat4ely exercised after the parents have communicated in good faith and attempted to resolve the dispute.
- The parties can agree that, in the event of a deadlock, they shall go to mediation through a private mediator or the Circuit Court for Baltimore County Office of Family Mediation located on the fifth floor in Room 505.
- The parties can agree to work with a neutral third-party, such as a parent coordinator, whose job includes helping the parties communicate to build a consensus. Whether a parent coordinator can be vested with the power to make final decisions concerning an issue of legal custody is, at best, debatable.
Is Joint Legal Custody Appropriate For Your Baltimore County Family?
There is a strong trend in child custody litigation in Circuit Court for Baltimore County and the Circuit Court for Harford County in favor of awarding joint legal custody unless there are multiple red flags. The individual judge has a judicial discretion to determine whether an award of joint legal custody is appropriate. For this reason, opposing joint legal custody requires planning, strategy, and the presentation of convincing evidence to the court.
The strongest indication in child custody matters that joint legal custody is appropriate is when both parents have a strong track record of communicating and working together including during the period of separation to reach a reasonable settlement.
Call 410-321-4994 For a Consultation With Child Custody Lawyer Amar S. Weisman.
Please call to schedule a Free Consultation. The purpose of the consultation is to decide whether you want to hire Amar S. Weisman. To obtain legal services, you must pay a retainer, see Policy on Fees/Costs. The law firm is next to The Circuit Court For Baltimore County,at 305 Allegheny Avenue, Towson, MD, 21204. We represent clients throughout the Baltimore area including Aberdeen. Abingdon, Bel Air, Bowleys Quarters, Catonsville, Cockeysville, Edgewood, Essex, Lutherville, Owings Mills, Parkville, Perry Hall, Rosedale, Sparrows Point, Timonium, Towson, Westminster and White Marsh.