Once the decision has been made to end a marriage, most parents’ primary concern is maintaining a strong relationship with their children. Guidelines followed by the courts in Maryland and Washington, D.C., stipulate that courts act in the “child’s best interest.”
However, that phrase — “what is in the child’s best interest” — is open to broad interpretation, by the child’s other parent as well as a family court judge. Child custody decisions are too important to place in the hands of inexperienced family law attorneys. At the law firm of Blank, Moorstein & Lipshutz, L.L.P., in Rockville, Maryland, we have been protecting parents’ rights to receive ample time with their children following a divorce for more than 25 years.
We can help you modify original child custody orders. Issues arise that call for a modification of a child custody and visitation arrangement. Our highly skilled attorneys provide aggressive representation to fight for a child custody modification or to defend against one.
Our lead family law attorney, Barton Moorstein, has been recognized by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the top divorce attorneys in the area. He has won precedent-setting verdicts in child support cases, and he knows the law as well as anyone in the business. His knowledge helps you navigate this difficult process. His experience helps you make the right decision whether to litigate — and how strongly — to advance your rights.
As with all of the family law issues we handle for our clients, we aim to resolve child custody issues without the need to go to court. If a settlement between you and the child’s other parent cannot be reached, we will prepare a strong case to present to the court that supports your objectives.
There are two types of custody — legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody includes the right to make decisions in regard to education, medical care and religion. Legal custody is either shared or given exclusively to one parent.
Physical custody refers to where the child lives. Physical custody also can be shared or granted exclusively to one parent. When one parent is granted sole physical custody, the other parent typically is granted visitation rights. These rights vary significantly depending on each case. We help you understand your options as we represent your goals and interests.
Our Rockville child custody lawyers can answer your questions during a free limited initial consultation. Call (301) 279-2200 or (202) 625-7711 in Washington, D.C., or use our contact form to schedule an appointment.