Southern Maryland Child Custody Lawyer

The most valuable asset a family has is their children. The Law Office of Marie Palmquist, LLC works hard preserving that asset for families.

Southern Maryland Custody and Visitation Attorney

In Maryland, child custody and visitation are controlled by a wealth of statutes and case law that address the needs of minor children. The lawyer will assist the client in making decisions to provide the protections they desire. Judges focus on the best interests of the child, and therefore the case must be presented in a positive manner to direct the judge or master to the facts that help them understand why something the client is proposing will meet that goal. Our office can assist you in finding creative solutions to visitation agreements.

There are two aspects of child custody that must be addressed:

  • Legal custody refers to the legal right and responsibility of a parent to make major decisions regarding the child's upbringing. These decisions typically involve education, religion and health care. Although the parties may agree to sole or joint legal custody, a variation in language defining its application can assist the parties and assure the well-being of the child.
  • Physical custody refers to where the child sleeps at night or his or her primary residence. If one party has primary physical custody, the other parent will be granted reasonable visitation unless there is a valid basis for limited or supervised visitation.


Many parents have never married and therefore paternity becomes an important issue. If the parties are not married, there is not a presumption of paternity and unless there is an agreement, this area must be litigated. A litigant must obtain approval from the state to even file a paternity action. The Law Office of Marie Palmquist, LLC can assist you in that process.

Father's Rights

Many men assume that because they are a man that they have no rights and that the court will not respect the important role that they have played in their children's lives. Either parent may be able to meet the needs of the minor child better than the other parent regardless of sex and it is in the best interest of the minor child to be in the care of the best-equipped parent. Our lawyer is adamant that parents who want to actively participate in the lives of their children should have full opportunity to do so.

Contact the Law Office of Marie Palmquist, LLC at 301-843-7157 or complete the online contact form.