You certainly seem to have a good argument for gaining full legal and physical custody of your children. However, the husband would still have visitation rights. Visitation rights can be set up in such a way that the children can be protected while visiting. This is of course all subject to court orders after you file for custody/support/visitation. This is something you can file for on your own utilizing Maryland's forms available online, but I really suggest speaking with an attorney. There are plenty of great attorney here on Avvo and you can find one near you or I would be happy to speak with you further if you would like to contact me.
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Yes, you do deserve to have full custody of your two children based on the facts you present. The court bases its decisions on the "best interest of the children" when deciding who deserves custody, and who merely deserves some visitation. You need to file a motion in court for custody and everything you just described needs to be well stated and well explained in your motion. You will have the best chance of persuading a judge if you consult with an attorney. If you would like further assistance, feel free to give me a call. I would be glad to help.
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The standard is always the "best interest of the child." It doesn't seem that being in an environment fraught with constant partying, smoking, and drinking creates a good environment for your children. Moreover, your ex-husband's actions don't seem to reflect that he's caring about the children the way a loving father would. You have a good case for sole custody. Consult an attorney for more guidance.
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