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Singer Usher continues to deal with child custody issues


When parents split or have finalized a divorce, there can still be issues to deal with and consider post-divorce. Parents in Massachusetts need to constantly consider and reconsider what is best for their children. This often means determining child custody and making modifications if disputes arise or substantial changes occur in the lives of the parents or children. No matter the reason for change; the best interest of the children should always be paramount in the changes to child custody arrangements.

The positive examples of celebrity child custody


Oftentimes when Massachusetts media outlets decide to discuss a divorce proceeding amongst celebrities, they are not the most flattering. While celebrity divorces can show prime examples of the types of issues many individuals could face during their own divorce, such as conflicts over child custody and alimony amounts, there are rarely stories which focus on the positive or well-handled side of their situations. However, that is not for a lack of examples.

Kelly Rutherford declares bankruptcy amid child custody fight

It's public knowledge that some divorce proceedings can be financially costly, especially for those with high assets or those going through a particularly contentious divorce. While mediation is a relatively cost effective way to handle a divorce, sometimes divorces go to trial and require significant investment in legal assistance and other fees. While struggling through a financially challenging trial may seem difficult, cost becomes less of a factor to many when something as important as child custody is on the line.

When to move out of the marital home during a divorce

For a recently separated couple, the question of whether or not someone will keep the marital home can be as difficult a decision as any other during a divorce. Yet, before that decision happens, most divorcing couples will need to ask themselves a different question in the interim -- who will stay in the home during the divorce proceedings themselves? The answer to this question has more legal implications than what many might think, particularly in regard to child custody.

Social media use can influence child custody decisions

This is a digital age, and people of all ages and demographics here in Massachusetts are connecting over social media. While the content of the overwhelming number of posts, tweets, and other online communications produced each days is sometimes considered private to the writers, individuals involved in child custody cases may find their social media writings appearing as evidence in court.

Contentious divorce leads to jury trial

A couple going through a divorce will likely be forced to address many different issues. Some issues can be resolved amicably, others could lead to protracted, contentious court battles. For former NFL superstar Deion Sanders and his wife, their divorce has come down to one primary issue: child custody.

The difference between physical and legal custody rights

Child custody disputes are about much more than emotions; they are about important legal rights and, most importantly, the best interests of the child. Furthermore, whenever parents divorce an assignment of child custody rights must be included in the final decree. While we often refer to custody generally, it actually includes both legal custody and physical rights. The following is a brief look at child custody for Massachusetts couples considering divorce.

Child custody modifications in a continually changing world

Sometimes, child custody orders may not be appropriate or applicable as children grow older and parental careers change. Residents in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are likely to face child custody challenges just like parents all over the country.

Military father encountered custody issues after deployment

When a child custody agreement is made, the parent with primary custody likely expects that he or she will maintain that position as the primary parent in their child's life for an extended period of time. However, certain circumstances may prompt the child custody arrangement to change.

Earlier paternity testing could impact child custody decisions

For many years, an expecting mother who was unsure about the identity of her baby's father had only a few choices to confirm the father's identity. She could wait until after the child's birth and have DNA tests done or have amniocentesis done during pregnancy and determine the paternity through this potentially risky procedure.

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