Can I Submit a Character Statement in Court for Child Custody in Maryland?

by Mary Jane Freeman Google
Maryland courts evaluate a parent's character when deciding custody.

Maryland courts evaluate a parent's character when deciding custody.

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In Maryland, during your divorce, the court will address the issue of custody in addition to property division, child support and alimony, if requested. If you and your spouse are unable to reach agreement about the custody arrangement, the court will make this decision for you after considering the best interests of your child. Your character and reputation will be one of several factors the court takes under advisement when making the custody determination.

Parents May Present Character References

Maryland, like all states, bases custody decisions on the best interests of the child. To make the best decision possible, the court will look at a variety of factors, including the fitness of the parents, the parents' wishes and those of the child, and each parent's character and reputation. Although court procedures vary, it is common for a parent to provide character references, or persons who can testify to such things as the parent's personality, parenting style and relationship with the child. References can be provided by a variety of people, including family, friends, neighbors, teachers and caregivers. Character references may be made through testimony given in court, written statements given to the court, or interviews conducted by a custody evaluator or similar personnel.