In Massachusetts, an agreement has been reached in a child custody battle of a 5-year-old girl. The girl had been in the middle of a child custody battle after her mother was murdered by her father. The father is now in prison, awaiting trial for the murder of his wife. The girl had been placed in foster care while the two families battled for child custody of the girl.
Both families were present during a brief court hearing at Probate and Family Court. After the court hearing, they came to a satisfactory agreement over who will have custody of the girl. In the agreement, the girl will split her time with both families. The deceased mother's family will have guardianship of the girl, but the imprisoned father's family will be allowed to spend time with her as well.
The girl was home when her father killed her mother. The father was in a homicidal rage and stabbed his wife multiple times while the neighbor tried to stop him. The mother died from the stabbing. The father is now pleading not guilty to first degree murder. Losing both parents have been sad and emotional for the girl and the families.
These types of cases happen too often in Massachusetts. It is tragic when one parent kills the other. In this case, the victim's family has to deal with the loss of their loved one, due to death or prison, but they must also fight for child custody of a little girl who has lost both parents. Massachusetts courts can help families deal with difficult situations and help come to resolutions in child custody battles that are agreeable and fair.
Source: The Boston Globe, Remy family lawyer says agreement reached over custody of little girl, Eric Moskowitz, March 25, 2014