Child Custody in Massachusetts
Child custody issues are understandably fraught with emotion. Everyone involved wants what is in the best interest of the children, yet perceptions can vary greatly about what that looks like. After all, a custody agreement or order can mean the difference between being a part of your child’s daily life or feeling like a stranger to your offspring. That’s why it’s crucial to have a Boston child custody lawyer in your corner. Your Massachusetts custody attorney will work diligently to achieve your desired outcome, so that your children are safe and secure.
Legal custody involves who makes important life decisions for the child including choice of medical professionals, medicine for the child, religion, and schooling options. If both parents can be amicable towards each other and can reasonably have a conversation about these issues, they may want joint legal custody which enables both parents to have a say in the child’s health care, education, and other legal decisions. If the parents cannot get along or if there is domestic violence, legal custody vested in one parent may be the more appropriate option.
Physical Custody and Parenting Plans
Physical custody is granted to the parent with whom the child will primarily reside. Courts take many factors into account including the age of the child, who has historically cared for the child, and the location of each parent. Other circumstances, such as a parent’s substance use or history of violence, can also come into play. The court’s ultimate goal is to act in the best interest of the child.
Parenting plans are an agreement between the parents on the child’s schedule and which day the child is with each parent. The goal of most cases is to develop a parenting plan that is in the child’s best interest and fair to the parents.
That sounds reasonable and clear, but people’s lives and relationships are messy. Perhaps you don’t want your child to be exposed to your ex-partner’s new partner. Maybe you want to move to a different state with your children. It could be that a relative is claiming you are unfit and is trying to get custody of your child through a guardianship action. Child custody issues are of paramount importance, which is why you need a Boston child custody attorney to represent your interests in any child custody matter.
If you have children and expect to be involved in a separation, divorce, or paternity action, it’s time to call PiltserCowan Law. In 2019, PiltserCowan Law attorney, Rachel B. Biscardi, testified before the Massachusetts legislature on custody issues in the courts. All of our Massachusetts child custody attorneys are ready to fight for your custodial rights. Call us to schedule a free consultation.