Child Custody & Support in Maryland
Mediating Child Custody & Support Issues is the only way to approach sensitive children negotiations without threats, financial drain. Child custody litigation is extremely costly- both financially and emotionally. Legal fee retainers for such matters are among the highest in family law matters.
Parties negotiate these matters to arrive at a Parenting Agreement or as part of their Marital Settlement Agreements:
Legal Custody: Who will make major decisions, relating to health, education, and the religious upbringing of the Children? Who will decide where the children will live?
Physical Custody: Where will the Children sleep each night? What will be the Regular Schedule of the Children during the school year? The summer schedule? How will holidays be scheduled? Birthdays? What about vacations? Traveling with the Children?
Child Support: What is the income of each party? How are the Maryland Child Support Guidelines calculated? Who pays for clothing, medical care, extracurricular activities? Will there be an agreement relating to college expenses? What about the special needs of some Children like tutoring? What about transportation costs where the parents live far apart?
Health Insurance: How will we all keep our health insurance? How will the premium be paid? What about health costs not covered by insurance?
The Family Home/Paying the Bills: Where Husband and Wife and the Children live? Will one spouse stay in the Family Home? If so, for how long? How will the mortgage or rent be paid? What about the other bills of the Family Home? Are we going to sell the Family Home? Will one spouse keep the Family Home and refinance to remove the other from mortgage obligations?