An article in Slate examined the issue of gender bias in the court system. The article mentions two recent high profile cases, Bode Miller and Jason Patric and their cases seeking parental rights/custody. The article disputes the possibility of gender bias, noting the rise of joint custody in many states. However, the article did note that finances are a huge factor in a "fair" outcome, and that higher income parents are more likely to have joint custody. In Maryland, there is no presumption of joint custody or a presumption in favor of either parents. Custody is determined by a non-exclusive list of factors, the most heavily weighed of those being "any agreements" between the parties, and what the custodial arrangements have been during the parties separation.