In our August 25, 2011 blog we discussed custody evaluation as one of the services that can be available to parties subject to domestic litigation. The Circuit Court for Baltimore County is one of the County courts that currently offers custody evaluations to those litigants with highly contested custody matters. They also offer co-parent education classes, custody mediation, home studies and supervised visitation. These services are currently offered to parties who qualify at no cost. The litigant or the litigant’s attorney needs to either file a motion with the Court requesting these services or request the service at the scheduling conference.
Commencing October 3, 2011, the Circuit Court will begin charging for these services, due to a decrease in funding received from the State Judiciary. The fees will be as follows:
• Co-Parent Education Classes: $35 per person
• Custody Mediation: $100 per person
• Home Study: $100 per study to be split between the parties
• Custody Evaluations:$450 per study to be split between the parties
For more information on Maryland custody and those services available to parties contact an experienced Maryland Custody Attorney.