Parents’ Rights in Annapolis, Maryland
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At The Law Office of Patrick Crawford, we understand that any legal matter involving your children can feel especially intense and draining. Whether you are attempting to establish your rights or are trying to terminate liability, one of our Annapolis family lawyers can help guide you through the process.
From filing the necessary legal documents to possessing a firm grasp on the relevant laws, we can offer you the experience earned from over 15 years of competent family law representation. We are committed to meeting your needs and being as accessible as possible at all times.
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What are Parental Rights?
Parental rights refer to the rights of a parent to make decisions on behalf of their child. Under Maryland law, the default is that both natural parents are given equal parental rights. While these rights are assumed for biological parents, they can also be given to adoptive parents, foster parents, or legal guardians in certain situations. Courts make decisions concerning parental rights based on what is in the best interest of the children.
Parents’ rights typically include the following:
- Legal and physical custody of their children
- Visitation and contact with their children
- Making decisions for their child concerning education, health care, or religion
- Making legal decisions on behalf of their minor children
- Passing property to their children through inheritance
Terminating Parental Rights
Parental rights can be terminated implicitly or explicitly. If the paternity of a child is not legally established, the father has no rights. In cases of abuse, addiction, neglect, mental illness, or incarceration, a parent’s rights can be terminated against their wishes. Lastly, a parent can yield their rights voluntarily, such as through giving their child up for adoption.
How Primary Custody Influences the Noncustodial Parent’s Rights
In situations where one parent receives primary custody of the child, the other parent typically retains some of their parental rights, such as visitation rights. It is essential that both parents understand their rights, especially in the instances of divorce or separation. Enlisting the assistance of an Annapolis family law attorney can help ensure both parties understand their responsibilities and limitations. We will do whatever is possible to protect the special relationship you have with your child.
We are willing to fight for the best interest of your child. Get in touch with us today at (410) 656-6227.