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Are Grandparents Entitled to Visitation in Maryland?
In Maryland, the Court can grant visitation to a grandparent if the Court finds it to be in the best interest of the child.
To determine what is in the child's best interest, the Court will consider various factors, including the nature of the child's relationship with the parents and grandparents, the potential benefits and detriments to granting visitation, the effect grandparent visitation would have on the child's attachment to the family, the physical and emotional health of the parties, and the stability of the living and schooling arrangements for the child.
When grandparent visitation is granted by the Maryland Court, the biological parent's proposed schedule will be presumed to be in the child's best interest. To overcome this presumption, the grandparent must prove that the proposed schedule would be detrimental to the child's best interest.
Maryland Family Law recognizes eight different grounds for divorce. Adultery, voluntary separation (for at least 12 months), imprisonment (with a sentence of at least three years and at least 12 months already served), and living separate and apart (for at least two years), are among some of the reasons. For the court to grant a divorce based upon any of these grounds, they must be proved in court through evidence and testimony.
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