The divorce rate in Massachusetts is one of the lowest in the United States. A study shows that Northeastern states such as Massachusetts have lower divorce rates for men. Several southern states, on the other hand, have divorce rates that are higher than the national average.
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.
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.
The threshold of divorce can confront a person with fear and reservation if they do not know which step to take first. With the many legal options a Massachusetts citizen can choose, deciding the best route to take your family down may not be an easy one. Some people believe that collaborative family law may be a legal option in an amicable divorce worth looking into.
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.
Divorce may have a greater impact on a child's relationship with their parents than previously thought. A new study reports that children feel less secure about their relationship with their parents the younger they are when their parents get divorced, according to the new study.