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Massachusetts Representative pushes for child custody reform

Parents who have struggled with a mental or physical disability can face discrimination in child custody hearings. Unfortunately, a judge making a determination in a child custody case for this parent may decide the diagnosis is enough to rule the parent as unfit.

A proactive child custody arrangement can help divorced parents

A divorce can be an emotional ordeal. Couples that have gone through this process may want nothing more than to avoid prolonged contact with each other. Yet when children are involved, a joint child custody arrangement may defeat that wish.

Allegations may hurt actor's odds for joint child custody order

Does a criminal record mean than an individual can’t be a good parent? Most readers would say no, but does the type of crime make a difference in that analysis? These are some of the questions that may be raised during the upcoming divorce proceeding of “Scandal” actor Columbus Short.

Proposed bill could impact Massachusetts child custody decisions

If disputes arise in a divorce, both the time and cost to the parties can increase exponentially. An experienced divorce attorney may have strategies for presenting issues to the other party in a manner that encourages resolutions without court involvement. Even in uncontested divorces, however, the time between an initial filing and the final divorce decree can take several months.

Factors that affect legal child custody determinations

Parents know that good parenting requires more than just so-called quality time. Indeed, establishing a close parental rapport with a child cannot be created from short, scheduled sessions. In fact, no formula can guarantee that type of open relationship, where a child is able to talk easily to a parent without awkward or self-conscious silence, and is comfortable simply being around that parent.

Push to make parenting time equal for co-parents


Any parent knows that being around for major milestones and events in their child's life is very important. Although being involved in their child's life is on the top of the list for most parents in Massachusetts, child custody arrangements post-divorce can interfere with that. Obtaining enough quality parenting is usually the goal when any parent initiates a child custody agreement modification. In these cases, the details of each parent's life as well as the best interest of the child will play a major role in the process.

Considering child custody for female breadwinners


Parents in Massachusetts often strive to maintain a good income. Caring for a child is often expensive and parents have to make difficult decisions surrounding their child's needs. For some, one parent will quit their job or work part-time in order to save costs associated with childcare. In addition, some families strive for a parent to be fully involved in the upbringing of their children. Although it is common, being a stay at home parent could lead to numerous challenges if the couple were to divorce.

Co-parenting and the best interest of a child post-divorce


When something bad or upsetting occurs, usually those around the individual sense their emotion and can be affected. This is often the case when parents are struggling with their marriage and the bystander children are impacted. Their marital disputes lead to a separation and eventually a divorce, which can cause significant life changes for everyone involved. Realizing the impact on a child does not only better the situation for the child or children but for the parents as well. Parents in Massachusetts as well as in other states across the nation should focus on working through this transition together so that the best interest of the child can be met.

Child custody challenges and medical marijuana


Parents in Massachusetts understand the importance of spending quality time with their children and being around for their major milestones. When parents split up or divorce, the ability to be around for the important events might be challenging due to child custody arrangements. Furthermore, evidence in the marriage and post-divorce could be used against a parent in order for the other parent to obtain full or primary custody of the children.

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