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Will teen live with convicted killer?

The story behind any given custody battle is unique and every side has a tale to tell. One particular child custody case has people in Massachusetts and across the United States paying careful attention.

A report on Good Morning America highlighted the story of a woman whose son is living with her ex-husband. The man has rekindled a relationship with his first wife -- a woman who murdered her own two daughters two decades ago. The mother is now engaged in a full-fledged custody battle, seeking to protect her son from a woman who was convicted of taking the life of two innocent children.

Originally, a commissioner ruled a modification to the custody agreement would not be necessary. Another judge recently overturned that ruling and granted the mother her motion for custody modification. As of now, the parents share an uncommon split custody arrangement wherein their 13-year-old son usually lives with his father and his 14-year-old brother normally lives with his mother. Because of action taken on the part of the boys' mother, an investigation is under way. At the culmination of the investigation, it will be up to the courts to determine whether or not the boys should have an amended residential schedule.

In regards to this case, a professor of law, medicine and psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons told reporters, "Judges in these child custody cases are often weighing very complex issues against each other." Most Massachusetts residents will never faced such a difficult set of circumstances when it comes to child custody proceedings. Nonetheless, the enlistment of qualified legal counsel to represent the best interests of the child on behalf of a parent or guardian routinely proves the best option for securing a child custody arrangement that benefits all parties involved.

Source: ABC News, "Judge: Kids Can Live With Child-Killer, For Now," Christina Caron, Aug. 29, 2011

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