Maryland and Washington, D.C. Child Custody Lawyer
Beltway family law firm provides sound advice and strong advocacy for parents
All parents want what is best for their child, but parents who are divorcing or live apart might not agree on what that means. The Law Office of Michael A. Troy PLLC handles child custody and visitation issues with skill and sensitivity. Like each son or daughter, every situation is unique, and we are prepared to use whatever legal method works best to reach an appropriate result for clients in Maryland and Washington, D.C. We look at the specific needs of sons and daughters and advocate for resolutions that put young people in the best position to thrive while maintaining strong relationships with both parents.
Elements of a parenting plan
Our firm works closely with clients to draft comprehensive parenting plans that create a healthy environment for young people and safeguard mothers’ and fathers’ rights. These documents cover various matters, including:
- Legal custody — After a divorce, it can be difficult for parents to agree on major parenting decisions. Courts typically favor joint legal custody arrangements so that each parent can contribute to the choices that will shape their son or daughter’s life, such as school, healthcare and religion. We can show you how to set helpful ground rules to deal with differences that might arise.
- Physical custody — Where a young person lives is critically important in their development. Though parents can share physical custody, it may be easier for the child to reside primarily in one home, as long as the nonresident parent has ample visitation rights. If you’re engaged in a dispute over physical custody, relocation or visitation, our firm provides a detailed perspective on the merits of your case.
- Modification process — The needs of children and parents change over time, and there are many good reasons why a parenting plan might require adjustment at some point. You might wish to include language about the process required when you or your ex wishes to modify custody terms due to a shift in circumstances.
As a divorce attorney with extensive experience handling complex conflicts relating to child custody and support, Michael A. Troy understands how to find common ground when parents have sharp differences.
Factors used by courts in custody decisions
Sometimes, decisions on parenting plans cannot be reached without going to court. Judges can review many different factors in custody determinations, including each parent’s ability to care for the child and cooperate with their former partner. Also considered are education opportunities, financial stability and the youth’s preference, if he or she is mature enough. Advice from an experienced family law attorney can help you determine whether the issues in your case merit litigation or whether the focus should be on pursuing consensus with your co-parent.
Situations that might necessitate parenting plan modifications
Various situations can justify a change to a child custody order. Sometimes, a parent intends to move due to a job change, new relationship or the medical needs of a loved one. These changes can be particularly challenging if the custodial parent seeks to move a substantial distance. Even changes in a child’s extracurricular schedule might warrant a modification to the existing parenting plan. With patience and flexibility, parents often can work out a mutually agreeable revision on their own. However, you should formalize any modification in the custody order to avert potential confusion and conflict later on.
Contact a custody lawyer in Maryland and Washington, D.C. for a free consultation
The Law Office of Michael A. Troy PLLC represents parents in divorces and other proceedings relating to child custody and visitation arrangements. For a free initial consultation, please call 202-864-2296 or contact us online. From our office in Greenbelt, we represent Maryland and Washington, D.C. residents.