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The Difference Between Custody and Visitation

Kathleen M. Kirchner Attorney At Law June 27, 2023

Protecting Your Time as a Parent

When you go through a divorce, you will find that many parts of your life are now beyond your direct control. However, as a parent, you cannot afford to lose control of your time with your children.

Attorney Kathleen Kirchner, in Anne Arundel County, understands how vital it is for parents to have the time they need to parent. It is about more than custody schedules; it is about being a substantial part of your child’s life as they grow up.

You deserve an advocate who is responsive and attentive to your goals as a parent.

What Is the Difference Between Custody and Visitation in Maryland?

In Maryland, custody refers to where the child lives and who has a say in the decisions that impact the child. In most cases, Maryland prefers both parents to share physical and legal custody of their children. Visitation, however, refers to the rights of a parent who does not have legal or physical custody to see their children.

In most cases, the decision over parenting plans and visitation rights is settled between the parents. However, if there is a dispute, the court will act in what they see as the child’s best interests. This means looking at:

  • The child’s physical well-being

  • The child’s emotional state

  • Each parent’s resources

  • The child’s education

When examining what is in the child’s best interest, many people have input. If old enough, the child’s preference often carries weight. However, the court will make the ultimate decision. 

Taking Control of Your Case

With over 15 years of experience, attorney Kirchner with Kathleen M. Kirchner, Esq., will offer support and help build a strategy that targets your goals. 

Contact the firm by phone or message to get started.

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