Prioritizing the Child’s Best Interest
Massachusetts courts base child custody decisions on the child’s best interest. They examine several factors, including the child’s emotional, physical, and educational welfare.
Assessing Parent-Child Relationships
A significant consideration is the relationship each parent shares with the child. The court evaluates the bond and the parent’s ability to meet the child’s needs. The willingness to promote a relationship with the other parent is also considered.
The Role of Co-parenting
Co-parenting often leads to joint custody in Massachusetts. For effective co-parenting, both parents must prioritize their child’s needs.
When Joint Custody Isn’t Suitable
However, some situations deem joint custody unsuitable, especially in instances of abuse or neglect. In such cases, the court awards sole custody to the non-abusive parent.
Importance of Visitation Rights
Even in situations of sole custody, the court typically acknowledges the importance of a relationship between the noncustodial parent and the child. This is where visitation rights come into play, allowing the child to maintain a relationship with both parents.
Limitations to Visitation Rights
Visitation rights aren’t absolute. If evidence suggests that unsupervised visitation might harm the child’s welfare, the court may require supervised visitation or deny it altogether.
Child Custody and Visitation Modifications
It’s crucial to understand that child custody and visitation arrangements aren’t permanent. If there are significant changes in a parent’s life, the court may review the existing agreement.
Conclusion: Navigate with Legal Counsel
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