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Custody Rights of Unmarried Couples

Scott Disick’s publicized cheating scandal is to blame for his recent separation with Kourtney Kardashian.  The couple has been together for ten years and have three small children together.  Without a legal marriage, there is no legal custody agreement, which has purportedly led the reality TV couple into a child custody battle to determine the children’s place in the split relationship.  Although Kardashian is attempting to gain full custody, the finalized agreement has yet to be determined.

Unmarried couples with children are most likely committed to each other and probably rarely consider the outcome if the couple decides to end the relationship, especially regarding their children.  Towson child custody lawyers recognize the challenge is working together civilly in order to reach the most beneficial situation for the children.  Child custody battles between unmarried parents are similar to divorcing parents.

An unmarried mother who gave birth to the child has a legal right for custody, care and control over a child.  Her natural right as the child’s mother provides her with a recognized right and responsibility for custody. If a mother is shown to be unfit or abandoned the child, her legal custody rights can be denied.

When the father’s name is on the birth certificate of his child, he is the legal father and has an equal amount of legal grounds in custody battles.  There are actions and steps a father can undertake to obtain custody of his kids.  Even though unwed fathers typically cannot win primary physical custody over a good mother, he can have some custody or visitation rights, including possibly joint legal custody and shared physical custody.

With child custody laws varying by state, all custody battles have one major contributing factor:  the best interest of the child.  Primary caregiver, moral character of the parents, relationships, financial status and parenting skills are other important considerations if a court determines custody.

Child custody battles will be decided by the courts when unmarried or divorced parents cannot compromise and are unable to consider the child’s emotional needs as a priority.  A judge can award custody arrangements, visitation rights and schedules and child support.

Towson Child Custody Lawyers at Huesman, Jones & Miles, LLC Negotiate Custody Agreements for Unmarried Couples

If you are ending a long relationship and dealing with child custody, support and parenting issues, Towson child custody lawyers at Huesman, Jones & Miles, LLC will help you understand your rights to custody.  Our lawyers can help you with the legal steps necessary to establish custody of your child.  We represent clients throughout Maryland in Westminster, Bel Air, Essex, Columbia, Towson and Ellicott City as well as in Baltimore County, Howard County, Carroll County and Harford County.  Call 443-589-0150 or fill out a contact form online for assistance to actively participate in your child’s life.

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