In Massachusetts, parents have a right to custody following a divorce. The goal is to place the child in both homes equally, but when that’s not possible, the child will be placed more often in the home of the parent who can provide for them more effectively.
Fathers may feel that they are less likely to obtain custody, but that’s not really the case. The truth is that courts are no longer able to discriminate against men who would like custody, and they do, by and large, rule in favor of whichever parent can provide a more stable, supportive environment to their children.
You can file for custody after a divorce
If you would like to have custody of your child following your divorce, you can file for custody. You may ask for custody half of the time or request full custody in some cases. It’s important to understand that your child must have lived in the state for at least six months. If you and your child haven’t been in the state for six months yet, then you may need to file for custody in a different state or wait longer before seeking custody in Massachusetts.
Until how old can you request custody of your child?
You are allowed to request custody of your child until they are 21 or 23, depending on the circumstances. Parents may seek custody of a child up to 21 if the child is living in the home and is dependent on the parent. Parents may seek custody up to age 23 in cases where the child is in an educational program and is dependent on the parent.
As a father, you have the right to know and raise your child. In most circumstances, it’s reasonable to ask for shared custody. If you want more than shared custody and would like to push for sole custody, then you should discuss building a strong case against the other parent. You will need strong evidence to prove that the other parent is unfit or that you are the right parent to have primary custody of your child.