Baltimore County & Towson Child Custody Lawyer | Legal Custody | Sole Legal Custody
Baltimore County Legal Custody Lawyer
Legal custody decisions are rare but important. At a Towson Custody Lawyer, Amar S. Weisman helps our clients understand legal custody and identify what legal custody arrangement is best. The award of legal custody grants one or both parents the power to make long-term decisions, such as:
- Selection of school including a private, religious, or parochial school to serve the educational needs of the minor child.
- Enrollment in sports and activities of consequence.
- Selection of doctor/dentist and decision-making power over medical procedures and prescription medication.
- Religious training including the selection of a denomination and particular church.
- Selection of attorneys to represent a child who is the victim of a personal injury or sexual abuse.
- Decisions concerning discipline including the use of corporal punishment.
- International travel including the right to obtain a passport for the minor child and visas to enter other countries.
Although a parent who does not have legal custody rights may sometimes access educational, medical and religious records and be kept in the loop, legal custody refers to the power to make the decisions, not learn about them after they are made.
The Trend In Favor of Joint Legal Custody
The trend in The Circuit Court for Baltimore County is to award joint legal custody, or, alternatively, to encourage attorneys to agree to joint legal custody. The idea is that children benefit from the insight of two parents who sincerely care about a child.
Sometimes Sole Custody Is Necessary
The award of legal custody to one parent at the exclusion of the other parent is usually the last resort, which follows a complete breakdown in the relationship between the parties. The following circumstances may justify the award of sole legal custody:
- Parental unfitness due to mental disability.
- Geographic distance making sharing information d all but impossible.
- Complete unwillingness by one or both parents to share decision making.
- Parental alienation.
- Physical/verbal/emotional abuse makes communication impossible.
- The child has already been damaged due to other parent's bad decisions.
- Sharing legal custody would disrupt the minor child's school life because academic and extracurricular decisions would be deadlocked.
- One parent too busy with work to engage in parental decision making.
- One parent's desire to engage in joint decision-making is not sincere.
Call To Schedule Consultation With Top Towson Custody Lawyer Amar S. Weisman
Please Call (410) 321-4994 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 1018 Dulaney Valley Road, 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.