Montgomery County Child Custody and Divorce Attorneys
A dispute over child custody can be rife with emotion. Whether your divorce is taking place in Maryland or Washington, D.C., the best interest of the children must be paramount.
Child custody is a vital component in resolving a divorce. We strive to utilize the mediation process to find a satisfactory arrangement for both sides, with the best interests of the children in mind.
Defending Both Fathers’ and Mothers’ Rights in Child Custody Cases
At Odelugo & Johnson, LLC, we defend and protect the rights of our clients involved in child custody disputes. The rights of the father are often forgotten in child custody matters. The mother is often presumed to be the better option for primary or sole custody. Today, fathers are taking a more active role in their children’s lives and can be as good a parent as, and sometimes better than, the mother.
Differences in Child Custody Laws in Maryland and Washington, D.C.
In Maryland, a presumption of joint custody exists regardless of gender, meaning parents gets equal time with the children. However, men have to provide more proof that they can care for children during their “tender years.” That includes providing an adequate residence, working a job schedule conducive to spending time with their children, and being active in all aspects of their child’s life. Washington, D.C., has no such requirements and shared custody can be as low as 35 percent of the time.
Focusing on the Best Interests of the Children
Child custody battles sometimes erupt due to money issues. The more custody responsibility a spouse has, the less paid in child support. At our firm, we believe that parenting time is too vital to modify it over money.
Our office is within walking distance from the metro. You may take the Green Line to Prince George’s Plaza. We are near Prince George’s Plaza Mall in the new development of University Town Center. We are accessible from the Beltway and Interstates 495 and 95 near Montgomery County and Washington, D.C. and free parking is available.
To get more information or to schedule an appointment with an experienced lawyer regarding child visitation, joint custody, legal custody, paternity and fathers’ rights, please contact us.