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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.

Making a list to assist in the divorce process


For many married couples in Massachusetts, the end of their marriage is unthinkable. Even if statistics prove that it is likely that more than half of all marriage in the United States will end in divorce, some couples do not believe in thinking about or preparing for the possibility of divorce. This can make the reality of divorce a very difficult and complex time. This is especially true if the couple cannot agree on their finances.

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.

Understanding how divorce affects children


For many married couples in Massachusetts, it is difficult enough to make big decisions even when it is just the two of them. Adding children to the mix can create even more major decision-making. Whether it is about where they live, which school they attend and how to raise their children, these common decisions are complicated, especially when a couple divorces. Making big decisions about children and following a split can cause serious divorce issues for everyone involved.

Divorced parents getting along during the holidays


Families in Massachusetts understand the importance of togetherness and spending quality time with one another. This is especially true during the holiday season. It is not only expected but also desired to carry out holiday traditions. But a divorce or a separation could pose some problems when it comes to continuing family traditions. This could create emotions and disputes regarding who gets to see the children on what day and for how long. As a result, parenting time is often a huge issue and a focal point post-divorce. Fortunately, if it is approached properly, both parties could reach an amicable agreement.

Divorcing during the holidays


There is no ideal time for a couple to part ways, but married couples in Massachusetts understand that if a couple must separate, a divorce is most likely the next step to take. Unfortunately, a couple's breaking point could land near the holidays. This can make an already difficult time more challenging but can also take away some of the joy and happiness of the holidays.

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