Your Child’s Future Is Determined By The Terms Of Your Custody Agreement
For many years now, the golden rule for courts in custody and access decisions is the child’s best interest, however that may look. But judges do not live in your home and do not know you or your ex, so it is up to you as a parent to ensure the courts have the full picture when it comes to your family’s circumstances.
I am family law attorney Lauri Moylan, and I have been working with Maryland parents for over 25 years to provide structure, safety and optimal potential for their families to thrive moving forward. I believe that your story and voice should be a focal point in your child’s life, and I work diligently to ensure that the custody and access schedule achieved by the agreement, or ordered by the court, advances your needs and goals.
Create A Plan For Your Child
When you begin to discuss custody and co-parenting agreements, you will need to be assertive and truly advocate for your child. Any parenting plan you walk away with should be comprehensive and account for their educational, medical and everyday needs in addition to things like emergency plans and holiday provisions. It should complement your support order and comply with the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA).
Sticking To The Plan
Even the best-laid plans go awry, and when they do, you need to take advantage of the legal mechanisms available to hold your co-parent accountable. This includes keeping regular visitation schedules and parenting in accordance with the agreement. Most importantly, the law provides ways for you to keep your child safe if a violation of an agreement endangers their well-being.