At SIEGELLAW, we offer our clients premier representation designed to diligently try to help them secure the best possible outcome to their child custody and visitation determination, whether as part of a divorce or a stand-alone proceeding. Attorney Harry B. Siegel has been helping individuals and families overcome family law challenges for more than two decades. His authority on family law in Maryland is widely recognized, and he has trained many attorneys and judges on the practice of family law by moderating and participating in seminars across the state of Maryland.
Resolving Child Custody Disputes Without Litigation
Settling the question of child custody and visitation is always a challenge. No one welcomes the intrusion of outside parties into something as personal as the relationship between parents and children. Ways to keep the decision out of a judge's hands include:
- Divorce mediation
- Settlement conferences
- Collaborative law
- Meeting face to face with your spouse with both attorneys present
When these decisions do come before a judge, our firm's lawyers will work to tell the complete history of parenting in your situation. Was one parent more involved in the rearing of the child, for example? One key factor many judges will often look at is the level of respect between the parents to determine which parent can be better trusted to treat the other parent as an involved parent.
What Courts Review Regarding Child Support Determinations
Issues that can affect how a judge looks at your child custody and visitation determination include:
- Mental health issues
- Domestic violence
- Alcohol abuse
- Drug abuse
In fact, mental health issues, especially personality disorders, have become a prominent issue in cases that appear before courts in Maryland and throughout the country. You need to be armed with appropriate knowledge and information in both pursuing and defending attacks on the issue of personality disorders.
Representation To Help Preserve Relationships
We are committed to helping people try to preserve their relationships with their children through the most difficult circumstances. Let us put our decades of experience to work diligently trying to help you secure the child custody and visitation agreement you need.
Modifications And Enforcement Of Child Support Orders
When a child custody and visitation agreement no longer reflects the reality of your circumstances or if the child's other parent is no longer cooperating, we can help you pursue a modification or enforcement. The law in Maryland when seeking a modification of custody, visitation or child support is demanding. The general standard required is a "material change in circumstances affecting the best interests of the child(ren)." Not every change is a material change. We can help you navigate through the changes that have occurred and help advise you as to what changes are material and what changes may not be considered material by the Maryland courts.
Contact The Visitation Attorneys For Ellicott City And Columbia At SIEGELLAW
When you're confronting divorce or some other family law issue, you need to take steps to ensure that your rights and your future are well-protected. Turn to the Howard County family law attorneys of SIEGELLAW for counsel and advocacy with the goal of meeting your goals and making your future brighter. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 410-792-2300 or contact us online.