Shared Custody in Howard County

Child Custody Matters in Ellicott City, Columbia, and Catonsville, MD

If you are obtaining a divorce, you and your spouse will be required to decide on who gets the children. This is perhaps the most difficult decision to be made in a divorce, and while it comes easily for some couples, it is a source of great contention for others.

At The Law Office of Lisa M. Goldblatt, I completely understand the weight of this decision, as well as the ramifications of having the wrong outcome. If child custody is a volatile issue between you and your spouse, you need an Ellicott City divorce attorney now more than ever before.

I have over a decade of experience handling every child custody case imaginable and I would be honored to offer you the same high caliber legal support I have provided to all of my clients. If you contact me via email or phone, I will get back to you within 24 hours. I strive to be in constant communication with my clients to give them peace of mind along the way.

What is shared custody?

Ideally, parents will come to a reasonable child custody arrangement that they can both agree on, however, if they cannot reach such an agreement, the court will grant custody either solely to one of the parents, or it will be shared between the parents.

Joint custody consists of three components: joint legal, shared physical, and combination. While legal custody involves the right to make decisions regarding the child's health, education, and religious upbringing, physical custody refers to spending time with the child, and tending to their everyday needs.

With shared physical custody, the child has two residences and spends at least 35% of the time with each parent. When the court is deciding on child custody, it makes a decision based on the child's best interests, and therefore considers factors such as:

  • Who has been the primary care giver
  • The physical and emotional health of each parent
  • The parents' character and reputation
  • The child's preference
  • Age, health, and gender of the child
  • Each parent's ability to provide for the material needs of the child

Customized Legal Solutions, Tailored to You

You know your child better than anyone, and you know what your child needs to thrive and be happy. If you are filing for divorce, or need to petition the court for a child custody modification, I urge you to contact me at your earliest convenience.

I care about you and your children, and will prepare a customized legal solution that is tailored to your individual needs and desires. Contact my firm today to schedule a flat-fee consultation!