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Shared parenting in child custody cases in Massachusetts

Child custody laws are being re-examined so that divorced parents are allowed to have shared equal custody of their children. A father in Massachusetts has been negotiating with the courts to see his 8-year-old son more than just a couple hours a week. In 2006, he was granted visitation for only three hours a week. After going to court a dozen times, the court increased his child custody time so that now he sees his son every other Thursday, every other weekend and every other Monday.

How to deal with child custody in divorce cases

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.

Is child custody being based on gender in Massachusetts?

The divorce process tends to come with a good deal of stress, especially when children get stuck in the midst. Child custody can become fiercely contested in many divorces involving children. Massachusetts judges are required to consider a child's best interest as the primary factor in any decisions that are made regarding custody and visitation rights. The idea that many child custody decisions could be based on personal presumptions is shocking to some.

Medical abuse and parents' child custody rights

When most people hear of a Massachusetts child custody dispute, the automatic assumption is that the parties are two parents who cannot reach an agreement on the care and custody of a shared child or children. In reality, challenges to a parent's child custody rights can come from a variety of sources, and sometimes even from individuals or agencies unfamiliar with the child or family. Such is the case in a well-publicized story in which claims of medical child abuse play a central role.

Grandmother allowed visitation rights to her granddaughter

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.

Parents fighting child custody battle in Massachusetts

Child custody cases are often thought of as being between a mother and father, but sometimes the state can become involved. Recently, the State of Massachusetts became involved in a case involving a juvenile that was admitted to a local hospital. As a result, the parents are now fighting a child custody battle for their child even though they brought their daughter for treatment.

Balancing parenting time after a Massachusetts divorce

Massachusetts parents who end their marriage are almost universally concerned about the effects that the change in family structure will have on their children. This is an understandable worry, as divorce and the division of parenting time marks a significant shift in the life of a child. However, it is possible to move through this transition in a way that is healthy for both parent and child.

Do mothers face a child custody legal backlash?

Once upon a time, when a Massachusetts couple decided to file for divorce, the outcome was highly predictable. The husband and father would be the one to leave the family home, and the wife and mother would retain the bulk of child custody rights, including physical custody. She would also receive monthly payments for child support and alimony, while the father was often relegated to the role of distanced provider and occasional visitor in the lives of his children.

Child custody battle centers on medical marijuana

The vast majority of child custody battles that come before family courts are waged between parents who are struggling over the care and custody of their shared child or children. This is not always the case, however, as one recent news piece demonstrates. One family is fighting to regain child custody of their infant daughter, after the baby was removed from the home over issues surrounding the use of medical marijuana. The case serves as a sobering reminder that one's right to parent is not inviolable, in Massachusetts or elsewhere, even in the absence of divorce.

Massachusetts visitation laws helpful for grandparents?

When Massachusetts residents think of a visitation issue involving a child, more than likely they think of a mom and dad fighting over time with a child. However, in today's changing times, grandparents are often in the equation as well. A recent case that is making headlines involves grandparents that have taken their son to court for visitation rights with their grand kids.

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