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Massachusetts child custody centers on best for child

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear a case that may be of interest to our readers in Massachusetts. In the matter, which is based on a child custody battle, the court will be asked to decide if a child will remain with her biological father or with the family that adopted her at birth. The decision is expected later this year.

The case began when the mother of a child decided to give it up for adoption after ending her relationship with the father of the child. At the time of the birth, the adoptive parents of the baby were in the delivery room and took possession of the child immediately following. However, only days before the father, who was a member of the military and a Native American, discovered the adoption was to take place.

He field appropriate objections and the battle over child custody began. The baby has lived with both the adoptive parents and biological father since her birth. Now the decision as to her permanent placement will be made in large part based on the federal Indian Child Welfare Act.

As is the case in child custody matters in Massachusetts, all of the parents involved in this matter seek to do what they believe is best for the young girl. Like similar matters, each plans to fight for the right to care for the child and to obtain child custody. When a person finds that they must work to get custody of their child, they may wish to review the applicable laws to best achieve their goal n the legal process.

Source:, "Supreme Court's upcoming child-custody decision: The Baby Veronica case," Abigail Perkiss, March 4, 2013

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