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Is Child Custody Modifiable in Maryland?
Custody and visitation are always modifiable by the Court if there has been a "material change in circumstances" since the last Court Order, and the change "fundamentally affects the best interests of the child."
The Court retains the power to modify custody and visitation Orders for children until age 18.
When one parent relocates to another state, affecting the custody or visitation rights of the other parent, the relocation will be considered a per se "material change in circumstances" warranting a request for modification of custody or visitation. Other material change in circumstances may include a change in the child's needs, a change in a parent's schedule or a change in a parent's treatment of the child.
When the Court modifies custody, the Court may also reconsider the child support obligation if requested by one of the parties.
Maryland law requires equitable distribution of property in a divorce. The court determines a fair award of property and debt. Unless the couple can reach a settlement, the court divides the marital property, pension, retirement, profit sharing or deferred-compensation plans. The court considers contributions of each party, the well being of the family, the property value, the economic circumstances of each spouse as well as current situations such as age, mental state, the duration of the marriage, and the interest each party has in the property.
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