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Maryland Child Custody/Child Support Attorney

Gaithersburg and Frederick County Child Custody Lawyer

Issues involving children, including child custody, visitation rights and child support, are some of the most contentious issues involved in divorce. When parents divorce, children often feel powerless, and the frequently litigated "custody dispute" can forever alter their lives. It is important, and extremely beneficial in contested custody cases, that parents reach custody and support agreements that are in the best interests of their children.

When children are involved, as they frequently are, the courts will carefully scrutinize what is in the children's best interests before making a decision awarding their care and custody to either parent in a contested custody case. The court will also review and evaluate a number of key factors in making a final decision prior to awarding either party sole custody should joint custody not be in the child or children's best interest. The court may also appoint a Best Interest Attorney (BIA) to represent the best interests of the child or children and may divide the costs of the BIA between the parties.

At the law firm of Richard L. Healy, P.C., Mr. Healy strives to help his clients protect their children - and their rights as parents - during the divorce process. When consensual agreements can be reached on custody and support matters, it is always preferable, as court ordered custody decisions are just that - a decision by the court to grant one or the other party custody and to deny one or the other party custody.

When the parties are unable or unwilling to resolve the issues amongst themselves, child custody and visitation rights can and will be determined by the court. This includes a determination concerning physical custody as well as legal custody. The court's decision, while resolving the custody issue, may increase the animosity that is felt between parents. This is particularly true when after a custody trial one party views himself or herself as the winner and the other party as the loser. Unfortunately, in reality, the children often suffer because the animosity between the parties is increased as opposed to decreased following a contested trial, to the detriment of the child or children who need both of their parents' love and support.

The law firm of Richard L. Healy, P.C., has experience with a wide variety of child custody matters including, but not limited to, child custody litigation, visitation enforcement litigation, the preparation of parenting agreements, and child custody modifications.

Gaithersburg and Frederick Child Support Lawyer

In Maryland, child support is calculated according to the Maryland State Guidelines. New guidelines recently were enacted in Maryland and took effect in October 2010. This change in the law may result in noncustodial parents paying more child support than ever before. Knowing what goes into this calculation and how it may be increased or decreased is of critical importance.

The law firm of Richard L. Healy, P.C., has over 32 years of experience helping clients prepare child custody agreements and file or defend against child support modification petitions.

Richard L. Healy, P.C., can represent you in a custody or child support dispute before, during or even sometimes after a  divorce if there has been a material change in circumstances or the best interests of the child require it. Mr. Healy can also provide representation for matters involving child support modification, again, if there has been a material change in circumstances, such as the loss of a job, that warrants a modification.

Contact Richard L. Healy, P.C, About Child Support, Child Custody and Visitation Issues

Learn more about your rights and options in Maryland family law by contacting an experienced attorney. Schedule a free initial consultation with Richard L. Healy by calling the law offices of Richard L. Healy, P.C., in Gaithersburg, Md. at 301-990-6100 or in Frederick, Md. at 301-663-8470.

The law firm of Richard L. Healy, P.C., has offices in Gaithersburg and Frederick, Maryland. Richard L. Healy, P.C., provides legal representation to clients throughout the entire state of Maryland with an emphasis on Gaithersburg, Germantown, Rockville, Montgomery Village, Silver Spring, College Park, Frederick, Damascus, Boyds, Clarksburg, Hyattstown, Hyattsville, Olney, Wheaton, Potomac, Darnestown, North Potomac, Urbana, Chevy Chase, Bethesda, Hagerstown, Derwood, Walkersville, Middletown, Mount Airy, Adamstown, Takoma Park, Burtonsville, Sandy Springs, Thurmont, College Park and Westminster, as well as other locations within Montgomery, Prince George's, Frederick and Washington Counties.

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