When Maryland parents divorce, the court often devises orders that provide explicit instructions for parenting plans. Every family situation is different; therefore, individual plans can be customized to meet the needs of those involved. When a child custody problem arises, the court is the final voice of authority.
In some situations, however, such as a particular incident a woman in another state is currently facing, problems develop that reach far beyond where a child will spend a birthday or the next holiday. In fact, this woman's case has become an international issue because her son's father, who lives in Malta, has refused to return the child to the United States. An existing court order required the mother to allow overseas visits to occur between her son and his dad.