Child Representation

Custody cases are always difficult to manage for parents, but they’re often hardest on the children involved. For this reason, the state of Maryland’s laws allow for either party or the Court to request the involvement of a best interest attorney on behalf of the child(ren).

The attorneys at Planta & Satin, LLC in Rockville Maryland, have extensive experience in child representation and family law matters. Ms. Satin is a certified Best Interest Attorney for children in contested custody cases, and Mr. Planta is a Facilitator for the Family Division of the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland and is appointed by the Bench and his peers as Best Interest Attorney and Child Advocate to represent children who are the subject of custody divorce/custody proceedings.

William Planta is a trained and Court-certified Best Interest Attorney and Nagle v. Hooks attorney and has considerable experience in representing children who are the subject of complex and contentious custody proceedings.

In every contested custody case,  either party, or the Court on its own initiative, has the option of ordering the appointment of a best interest attorney pursuant to Maryland family law article 1–202. The authority to appoint an advocate for a child exists in every case where custody, visitation or the amount of support is contested. The best interest attorney serves as the advocate for the child and historically advocates for a course of action which is in the child’s best interest.   A best interest attorney, in advocating a course of action consistent with the child’s best interest, may, or may not, advocate for the same course of action professed by the child.

In determining whether to appoint child’s counsel, the court should consider the nature of the potential evidence to be presented, other available methods of obtaining information, including social service investigations and evaluations by mental health professionals, and available resources for payment. Appointment may be most appropriate in cases involving the following factors, allegations, or concerns:

  1. The request of one or both parties.
  2. A high level of conflict of intra-family conflict, violence, or threats of violence.
  3. The presence of inappropriate adult influence or manipulation.
  4. Past or current allegations of child abuse or neglect.
  5. Past or current mental health problems of the child or party.
  6. The Presence of special physical, educational, or mental health needs of the child requiring investigation or advocacy.
  7. Alcohol or other substance abuse.
  8. Relocation of a party which materially effects the current access arrangements.
  9. Any other factor that the court considers relevant.

Areas We Serve:

Planta & Satin, LLC, is proud to represent residents and children throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia, including, but not limited to the following areas:

  • District of Columbia, Washington D.C.
  • Wheaton-Glenmont, MD
  • Bethesda, MD
  • College Park, MD
  • Hagerstown, MD
  • Rockville, MD
  • Gaithersburg, MD
  • Landover, MD
  • Frederick, MD
  • Germantown, MD
  • Wheaton, MD
  • Silver Spring, MD
  • North Potomac, MD
  • Derwood, MD
  • Takoma Park, MD
  • Montgomery County, MD

Get Experienced Child Representation When It Matters Most

Protecting the best interests of the child or children involved is vital. Planta & Satin, LLC, is court-certified and trained to act in a best interest attorney capacity ensuring that your child and your divorce case receive the highest quality legal representation within the court systems of Maryland and the District of Columbia. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you by calling 301-762-1000.

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