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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.
Under Maryland law, child support is determined based on the Income Shares Model. Therefore the monthly support amount for the child is proportionally shared between the two parents based on their incomes, past W-2s, and child support worksheets. One parent will then pay the other parent his or her share of child support. Considerations will also be made for existing debt, property settlement, mortgages, other children or any other financial considerations.
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