There are a lot of issues that come up during and after divorce. For divorcing parents, living in Massachusetts or elsewhere, determining adequate parenting time can certainly be a challenge. Concerns about custody and/or visitation schedules may not be easily solved, but understanding the difference between custody and visitation rights can help couples come to agreements about what type of arrangement will work best for their families.
Fantasia Barrino is engulfed in a custody battle. Many Massachusetts fans may remember Fantasia as a winner of American Idol on one of the previous seasons. Her ex-boyfriend is now requesting full child custody of their 13-year-old daughter.
There is typically a battle over who will get custody of the children after divorce. Massachusetts courts make the determination of child custody based on the best interests of the child and other factors. Some of the factors include how the parents are raising the child and their decision for schooling. In some instances, the court may consider issues such as home-schooling vs. attending a public school.
In the past two years, Massachusetts has reviewed and reshaped its laws on divorce and child custody. The new proposal surrounding child custody is that children do better overall when both parents are active in their lives after a divorce. With Massachusetts updating its child custody laws, the state will become more in line with other jurisdictions that are also updating their own child custody laws.
In Massachusetts, divorces that involve children most often have child custody battles as well. When couples with children are in divorce proceedings, the first and most common question they ask lawyers is "Who will get custody of the kids?" Even though child custody cases are intense and stressful for families, the most important thing to consider is what is in the best interests of the children.
A Massachusetts grandmother from Hardwick has been granted visitation rights to speak to her 9-year-old granddaughter. It had been 2 years since the woman spoke to her granddaughter. The girl's mother, also the grandmother's daughter, died from a horseback riding accident in 2005. Since the mother's death, the girl has been living with her father. The grandparents have been fighting for visitation rights because they were concerned about their grand-daughter's well-being.