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Lawmaker wants courts to explain child custody ruling

For many couples, the decision to divorce may be one of the most difficult decisions either one has ever made. However, determining how to raise the children afterward may be even more difficult. Maryland families do have resources to turn to when they are struggling to work out child custody arrangements.

One congressman recently put forth a bill in his home state that would change the way family court judges approach custody orders. This representative suggests that every judge approach custody cases with the consideration that the parents will share custody. If for some reason one parent or the other is not afforded the right to share custody, then the court must supply a reason for the decision.

There has been support behind the proposed legislation. One family law professional believes that a new law could create equal footing for fathers. An additional benefit to the proffered bill is the overall well-being of the children involved. A study conducted by the American Psychological Association purportedly demonstrated that children who spent regular time with both parents exhibited fewer emotional and behavior problems and had a healthier self-image.

The same research further suggested that parents who have a shared custody arrangement were better at conflict resolution. At this time, the fate of the proposed change is unknown. Maryland families that are in the midst of their own divorce proceedings and are struggling to arrive at a child custody agreement can seek the input of a family law attorney who can assist in drafting a plan that will be in the best interest of the children involved.

Source:, "Divorce and child custody legislation", Robyn Oguinye, Feb. 7, 2017

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