Today, Slate.com published an article about the child custody case between Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston. Alaska has a statute which establishes a presumption of joint legal custody between parents. This means that unless a parent is somehow unfit, both parents have the right to share in making decisions about the well-being of their child. Maryland does not currently have any such presumption, therefore this is an issue that is litigated quite often. Regardless, some judges do have a preference regarding legal custody, and you need to be aware of this as your case moves through the system. Even though Maryland does not have any specific presumptions, it is not common for sole legal custody to be granted when both parents have the desire and capability to make decisions for their child.