Under Maryland and DC laws, both natural parents are the presumed natural custodians of their children. The law considers the "best interest" of the child standard when deciding issues related to legal and physical custody and visitation. The "best interest" of the child standard requires consideration of certain factors to determine what is best for the child.
Custody and visitation arrangements are never permanent. As situations change, a parent can always petition the court to modify a court order.
If you are involved in a child custody dispute, it is important to be informed regarding the current law regarding child custody.
While grandparents and other third parties may seek custody of or visitation with a child, the presumption in favor of the natural parents presents a significant challenge, though Maryland law does provide a path forward for grandparents or other involved third parties.