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I provide experienced legal guidance in family law, divorce and special education law. I represent parents and families throughout western Massachusetts.

We can help with child custody matters

Child custody is a very difficult but necessary facet of divorce for many Massachusetts families. Massachusetts courts decide child custody and visitation rights in accordance with the child's best interests, but they also try to ensure the plan works for both parents.

Child custody and visitation rights schedules are court-mandated orders. Parents are not allowed to alter the arrangements themselves, so any parent that wishes to modify the schedule must petition the court. These modifications may be granted in cases where a parent has had a significant lifestyle change, or in cases where the child has suffered abuse or neglect at the hands of a parent.

Occasionally, a parent may try to limit the other parent's visitation without seeking help from the court. It is important for parents to remember that their order exists to protect both their child and their own rights; any modifications done to the order must be court-approved and may not be exercised outside of the order. Seeking the help of an experienced family law attorney allows parents to successfully set agreements in place, make changes if necessary, and maintain that all parties cooperate with the decree.

Setting up custody and visitation rights can extremely difficult for parents whose relationship is already going through an emotional transformation. It can be beneficial for these parents to consult help from an attorney who can help them navigate the court system and make sure their rights are being represented. As a parent, your primary concern is your child's well-being.

Claudette-Jean Girard Attorney at Law has helped countless clients in Massachusetts negotiate child custody agreements that benefit both parents. Our firm handles legal matters for our clients so that they can concentrate on what really matters - spending time with their children.

Source: For more information, please visit our Child Visitation and Child Custody page.

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