Roncone Law Offices, P.C.
Call Our Attorneys:
978-401-0825 | 877-261-4389
Menu Contact

Massachusetts considering changing child custody laws

Massachusetts is one of many states that is considering changing child custody laws. As it currently stands, child custody laws tend to favor mothers' rights as opposed to fathers' rights. This is something that many fathers in the state have expressed concerns about and would like to see addressed.

Currently, child custody laws give greater weight to mothers being the primary caregivers in the home. However, times have certainly changed, and this is no longer the case. More women are working and more fathers are taking on bigger roles in the home.

According to state laws, child custody is currently awarded based on the best interests of the child. This is generally determined by looking at different arrangement options and choosing the one that will cause the least amount of disturbance in the child's life. If the law is changed and if judges are required to weigh in on which parent gets custody, shared parenting time will need to be considered. There are circumstances in which shared parenting is not the best situation for the child, so it will not be granted in all cases. This new law would be a good thing, though, for those families whose fathers are wanting take active roles in the lives of their children.

It is unknown as to if or when a bill giving fathers greater rights regarding child custody will be passed in Massachusetts. This does not mean that fathers are not allowed to fight for shared custody now. Those who wish to have this type of custody arrangement can work with legal counsel to negotiate acceptable custody terms with the other parent or fight for shared custody in court.

Source: ktoo.org, "More Time for Dads? States Weigh Changes to Custody Laws", Jen Fifieild, March 27, 2016

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

What Clients and Peers Are Saying ...

"Please take my word for it, this is the attorney that you want on your side and certainly not the one that you want against you.”

Email Us For A Response

Contact Us For A Free Initial Phone Consultation

Tell us about the type of case you are faced with. We'll tell you how we can help. Call us at 877-261-4389 or send us an e-mail to speak with a Leominster and Worcester area personal injury attorney, family law, or criminal defense lawyer today.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Roncone Law Offices, P.C.

142 Main Street
Leominster, MA 01453

Toll Free: 877-261-4389
Phone: 978-401-0825
Fax: 978-840-6000
Map & Directions