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Montgomery County Third-Party Custody Lawyers

Seeking Visitation Rights

Grandparents sometimes wish to establish visitation rights with grandchildren. It is a very difficult task in Maryland. If you are a third party who is hoping to get visitation rights with a child, speak with a family law lawyer to learn about your rights.

Under Maryland law, third parties such as grandparents, aunts and uncles, and stepparents have no rights to custody or visitation except in rare cases. These cases are typically very difficult to win unless the best interests of the children are better served by removing them from their parents' custody. The law permits the court to award reasonable visitation if it is in the children's best interests. The burden of proof is with the third party to demonstrate that the parents are unfit or the children would otherwise suffer from lack of visitation with the petitioner.

Seeking Custody

Sometimes there comes a time when a grandparent or other third party needs to seek custody of a minor child in cases of emergencies or where the parents are unable or unwilling to meet their parental responsibilities. If you are a third party who is seeking custody of a child, please call our attorneys to learn about your options.

If there are concerns for the child's welfare because the parents are unfit, third parties may be granted custody. Reasons that the court may consider a parent unfit include:

  • Substance abuse
  • Child abuse or neglect
  • Mental illness

If the third party has been caring for the children, the court will also consider the effect a change of custody would have on the children. As always, the standard is the best interests of the child.

Third parties who are petitioning for custody or visitation rights will need a knowledgeable, experienced attorney to advocate for their rights. You can rely on Avery & Upton to provide this type of representation.

Our Rockville Grandparent Custody Attorneys Can Assist You

To schedule an appointment, please call 301-576-0950 or 866-919-9723, or contact us online.

Rockville Family Law Firm Avery & Upton

http://www.averyuptonlaw.com/ 301-762-7644 Avery & Upton is located in Rockville and represents clients in divorce and asset division cases throughout Maryland. Contact our Montgomery County family law attorneys to discuss your case.

Rockville Litigation Attorney | Avery & Upton

http://www.averyuptonlaw.com/ 301-762-7644 Rockville family law attorneys of Avery & Upton are experienced in complex divorce litigation cases. When a family law case needs to be resolved by the Maryland courts, we offer litigation representation.

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51 Monroe Street, Suite 701
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 301-576-0950
Toll Free: 866-919-9723
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