Father’s Rights: Dispelling the Myths.

Father’s rights is an issue that comes across my door often. Many times it is father’s who are being denied access to their children by the children’s mother who is angry with the father, and takes it out on the child. This is not okay.

In the State of Maryland, both parents have equal rights to their children. The courts do not “favor” the woman, despite what many may think. While this may have been true many years ago, this is no longer the case–yet this myth continues to float out in the ethos. What usually ends up happening, is what is referred to as “de facto” custody. De facto custody is what happens by effect of the parties’ behavior. For example, when the child lives with the mother, and the father gets visitation with the child, not because a court has ordered this, but simply because this is the way things happened when the parties separated, you end up with “de facto” custody. This is not “actual” custody!

In order to have an “actual,” legal custody order, the court has to issue an order designating who will have physical custody and legal custody of the child(ren).

If you are tired of being denied access to your child because the mother would rather air out your grievances on social media than have a conversation with you, call my office and schedule a consultation.

We will discuss your legal rights and obligations, and guide you in the right direction. Your children are not pawns on a chessboard, and they are not objects to be manipulated to get the upper hand.

Know your rights!