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Accusations become ugly in NFL player's child custody case

In matters related to the custody of children, courts throughout Massachusetts as well as throughout the rest of the United States look to preserve the children's best interests. Achieving this important standard can require courts to examine the personal and professional lives of the parents and individuals who appear before them seeking custodial power over the children. In doing so individuals who wish to attain custody of the children can make damaging accusations against the other individuals whose intentions also include custodial rights.

Considering a child's special needs in child custody decisions

Children are beautiful and unique reminders of how innocent life can be. For Massachusetts parents who have had to go through divorce, it can be terribly upsetting to inflict the stress and strain of a marital dissolution on kids whose lives should be filled with happiness. However, it is often best for everyone in a family for the parents' relationship to end and when a divorce is occurring there are important steps that parents can take to protect the unique needs of their children.

Massachusetts grandparents may have rights to visitation

In the event that Massachusetts parents decide to divorce, it is likely that either on their own or with the help of the court a child custody and visitation plan will be created. When child custody orders and agreements are prepared they are drafted with the best interests of the children in mind and for this reason they can be rather subjective and can vary depending upon the needs of the children.

Is it important for me to fight for legal custody of my child?

Often, when parents begin to stress over child custody matters, their concerns surround where their children will live and which parent will have physical control over them. Matters related to the physical placement of a child are part of the child's physical custody plan, and in Massachusetts a parent may have sole physical custody of the child or share it with the child's other parent.

Back to school may mean changes to child custody arrangements

Although the warmth of summer may last for a while longer, all throughout the country children are preparing to wrap up their vacations and re-enter their school classrooms. Here in Springfield, parents may be reviewing school shopping lists as their kids cling to their last few weeks of calm before the rigors of the academic year begin. For most families, back to school time means a change in the routine they experienced during the summer break. For families subject to child custody agreements and orders, back to school time may indicate the need to review or modify a child's physical custody plan.

Understanding the law if your spouse wants to move

Whether Massachusetts residents are custodial parents or non-custodial parents of children, the decision to move, following a divorce, is not something that should ever be taken lightly. Regardless of the reasoning, the courts have various protections and procedures to ensure that such decisions are necessary or done with proper intentions. In addition, courts work to ensure that future visitation rights are not negatively affected by the move.

Know what to expect with child custody visitation rights

As we have stressed in the past, the divorce is never easy and seldom painless for all parties involved. Although on occasions both spouses are on the same pages with many of the decisions that need to be made, this is rare. More often than not, there are differences of opinions, beliefs and wishes. This leads to disagreements. Add to it the fact that there is often animosity, resentment and hurt feelings, and things can get complicated and occasionally messy.

What conditions can be placed on visitation in Massachusetts?

This blog has dealt with several types of custody issues that people in Massachusetts might encounter. We've previously discussed some of the basics of the best interests of the child standard applied by family courts in the state, and the general types of custody, such as legal and physical, as well as sole and shared. However, when physical custody is awarded to one parent, it is customary for a court to grant the other parent some form of visitation so that he or she can be involved in the child's life.

'Shared custody implementation plans' in Massachusetts

This blog has previously mentioned the difference between types of child custody under Massachusetts family law. There are two important distinctions to remember in custody cases: that between physical and legal custody, and between shared and sole custody. Physical custody determines with whom a child resides, and legal custody has to do with who makes important decisions regarding the child's life and well-being. Sole custody is where either residence or decision-making capacity rests with one person, while shared custody will give it to two individuals, usually parents, simultaneously.

Ensure the best child custody situation for a special needs child

Raising a child with special needs is challenging. But, what many people do not know is that it can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Parents of special needs children, just like other families, sometimes decide to go their separate ways. When there are separate households, the determination of which parent will provide for the special needs child will be decided by the child custody arrangement.

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