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Massachusetts child custody — when a judge gets the final say

There are times when parents cannot always agree on what is best for their children. This is particularly true for those who are dealing with the emotional issues tied to divorce. Problems with determining child custody matters do occur quite frequently. While there are some parents who can successfully talk through disagreements and come to agreeable solutions, other parents in Massachusetts and elsewhere may have to depend on the court to finalize custody arrangements.

At the end of the day, there really are only two ways in which custody decisions are made — through parent negotiation or court orders. While the court will have to sign off of any custody order, it may get involved and make decisions if parents fail to reach an agreement. If this happens, a judge will have to determine what situation is best for the affected child or children. This is not necessarily an easy task.

Before a judge can decide what arrangements would best suit the needs of a child, he or she will have to look at quite a few factors. These include past and present living conditions, history of domestic violence, if applicable, the child’s emotional and behavioral state, and the parent-child relationships. The information needed is usually gathered through testimony in court or is offered by therapists and others who may be close to the child.

Having the court make the best decisions for one’s child custody case can seem unnerving. However, sometimes, it is the only way to come to terms that are best for the affected child. An experienced family law attorney can help parents in Massachusetts through this experience and will work diligently to achieve custody arrangements that best suit the needs of the family.

Source: womenslaw.org, “Know the laws: Massachusetts Custody — How will a judge make a decision about custody?“, Accessed on Aug. 17, 2016

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