Although mothers are traditionally viewed as a child’s primary caregiver, a father’s role in a child’s life is also very important in their growth and overall development. There is not a presumption over one parent or the other, in fact, if both parents are living, competent, and have not been found to be unfit, they are both entitled to the care and custody of their child. The standard that governs custody by the court is the best interest of the child.
In Maryland, father’s rights are usually enforced through the establishment of the paternity of the child(ren). If the child’s parents were married at the time the child was born, the husband is presumed to be the father. If, however, the child’s parents were not married when the child was born, paternity is established through a legal process; specifically, paternity is established by either an affidavit or court order. Both of these options ultimately provide the father with assurance that his parental rights are protected.
All children deserve love and care from both of their parents. If you are a father involved in a custody case, seeking primary custody, or a modification of custody and/or child support, you should not be deterred by gender stereotypes or the unfounded bias that the mother has more rights. Let the Murphy Law Firm help you file for, amend, or modify an existing custody and support agreement for your minor children.