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.
A billionaire founder of a hedge-fund and his wife are in a bitter divorce dispute. Most Massachusetts spouses may find that one of the most difficult aspects of divorce is child custody and this case is no exception. The wife is requesting full custody of the children and is also requesting for the prenup to be voided.
Divorce is not always easy, particularly when children are involved. One of the main components of divorce is child custody. However, sometimes child custody cases do not just involve biological parents, they may also involve step-parents. Do Massachusetts step-parents have legal standing regarding custody issues?
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.
Deep Impact star Tea Leoni and Californication star David Duchovny filed for divorce in the recent months. Many Massachusetts fans may also remember Duchovny from other shows such as the X-Files. Now, the couple’s divorce and child custody matters have been finalized.
NBA basketball star, Paul George, and the mother of his alleged child are in a child custody dispute. The mother filed for sole child custody, claiming issues with George's travel schedule. George, who plays for the Indiana Pacers, also filed for full custody, claiming a number of reasons. It is important for Massachusetts parents to remember that family law judged will consider what is in the best interest of the child when making such decisions.
In a case that has drawn attention all over the United States and in Massachusetts, a Navy father is fighting for parenting time and child custody of his daughter, who is 6 years old. A court hearing for the child custody case was scheduled during a time when the father would have had to miss it because he was being deployed to sea. The father requested that the judge delay the case so that he could attend the hearing.
In recent years, men have been recognized for taking a more active role in their children's lives. However, a perceived disparity still exists when it comes to fathers across the United States and here in Massachusetts being treated equally in child custody disputes. Many state legislatures are now rethinking child custody laws and making the process fairer to fathers.
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.
Child custody battles are difficult enough for separated parents living in the same state, such as Massachusetts, but what happens if the parents are from two different countries? Child custody disputes between parents from different countries can be very complicated. The Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, a treaty that covers cross border child custody disputes, gives jurisdiction to the country where the child lived before the separation to decide where the child should live.