Massachusetts Child Custody Attorney
When going through a divorce, one of the most complicated issues to settle (and one of the most emotional) is child custody. Whether you have accepted your spouse’s decision for child custody or you feel that you’re getting the shorter end of the straw, it is crucial to have a compassionate, professional, and diligent Massachusetts child custody attorney at your side.
With the legal aid of Massachusetts child custody attorney Robert H. Prince, we will always put your interests at the forefront of our litigation strategy and aim to protect your rights and the best interests of your children.
Different Types of Custody Arrangements in Massachusetts
There are essentially three types of child custody arrangements in Massachusetts, defined by state law. Additionally, it is important to differentiate “legal” and “physical” custody. Legal custody is related to who makes the important decisions regarding the children’s lives and physical custody is related to where the children will live and with whom.
- Sole physical custody to one parent and shared legal — The child lives with one parent who makes day-to-day decisions. However, both parents are expected to jointly make important decisions on the child’s life.
- Sole physical and legal custody to one parent — The child lives with one parent who makes the most important decisions in the child’s life.
- Shared physical and legal custody — The child lives part-time with one parent and part-time with the other, and both parents make important decisions together.
It is important to note that Massachusetts courts recognize that children should spend time with their parents as much as possible, as long as this parenting time is consistent and coincides with the child’s best interests.
Options for Visitation
Visitation is the schedule for the child to spend time with the parent that he/she does not live with. Often, parents set up a clear visitation schedule and follow the schedule in good faith. Other options for visitation in Massachusetts include:
- Reasonable visitation upon reasonable notice
- Supervised visitation
Changing a Custody Order
Massachusetts judges often follow the notion that stability is almost always in the best interests of the child; at the same time, changes in custody is sometimes necessary. To effectively change the court’s custody order, you will need to show that there has been a significant change in circumstances. Generally, this change in circumstances makes the court’s previous orders not in the best interests of the child. The change in custody order must be necessary for the child’s welfare, and the decision to change the order depends on the judge hearing the case.
Call Attorney Robert H. Prince for a Free Case Evaluation
In addition to the information presented above, you need to remember that child custody cases can be complex and can involve a virtually endless array of circumstances. No matter the circumstances surrounding your child custody case, however, the Law Office of Robert H. Prince ensures diligence and professionalism when discussing the case with you and presenting our findings in courts. We will always put your interests first and we offer a comprehensive approach
We will always put your interests first and we offer a comprehensive approach with sensitivity and dedication for a fair resolution. For a free consultation with attorney Robert H. Prince, contact our Massachusetts family law office today at (617) 721-9141.