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How to Get Full Custody of a Child

patrickcrawford | April 27, 2024

One of the most common reasons that couples who are considering a divorce will stay together is the uncertainty of how their children will react if they separate. Child custody is a stressful topic, and for those with children, it is typically the top concern of partners who are going through a divorce. 


If you are considering a divorce or are currently going through the process and you have children, it is important to understand how child custody is determined and what your chances are for full custody of your children. Discuss your situation with an Annapolis child custody lawyer right away.


What Does Full Custody Mean in Maryland?

In the state of Maryland, full custody of a child is referred to in the courts as “sole legal and physical custody.” This means that one parent is responsible for making all of the decisions about raising children without requiring the input of the other parent. These decisions often include health, education, religion, travel, and general welfare. 


The children typically also live with the parent who has full custodial rights. There are situations where the other parent, who is not granted custodial rights, still has visitation rights so they can still see their children. 

When Will the Courts Grant You Full Child Custody in Maryland?

If you believe that you should be the sole custodian for your child or children, you can petition the courts for this. Your child custody attorney can help put together your case and advise you on what documentation can help support your request. 


The courts will look at several different factors when they are determining a child custody arrangement and make a decision based on the best interest of the child. Some of the grounds for receiving full custody of your children in the event of divorce include if the other parent: 


  • Has a history of substance abuse and/or has been found guilty of illegal activities.
  • Is found to be unfit to take care of and provide care for the child.
  • Is unable to provide a stable and safe home environment. 
  • Has been consistently uninvolved in the child’s life and has been found to be neglectful.
  • Has a history of domestic abuse and violence. 
  • Is unable to provide both emotional and physical support for the child. 


There are other factors the courts will consider and every case is unique. For this reason it is advisable to work with an experienced child custody attorney in Maryland. 


Consult with an Annapolis Child Custody Attorney Right Away

Going through a divorce while attempting to figure out child custody can be incredibly stressful. At the Law Office of Patrick Crawford, our clients are our top priority, and we will do everything that we can to help you gain the maximum custody of your children. To learn more about your options and to put together a strategy for securing child custody, contact the Law Office of Patrick Crawford today. 


To schedule a free initial consultation, you can contact us online or call us at (410) 216-7905. We are here and ready to help. 

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