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.
No matter the type of custody that results after a split or a divorce, maintaining parenting time with their child or children is a major focal point. Even when shared custody results, that does not always mean that each parent gets equal time. This could lead to one parent wanting more visitation time. This is the case for a father that has been fighting for seven years in Middlesex and Cambridge courts.
After his divorce in 2006, the father has encountered several obstacles in his attempt to obtain more visitation time with his young son. Although he was given partial custody of his son in the divorce decree, the agreement only provided him with three hours of visitation each week. Since the original settlement was formed, the father has been to court over a dozen times and has spent thousands of dollars to negotiate a more equal and fair parenting plan.
Parents often deal with such issues like this and challenge the unequal shared custody agreements. Because the roles of spouses and parents have changed over the decades, so should the decision-making process of judges in child custody hearings. Factors and details concerning each parent should be considered when determining the best interest of the child.
Those seeking to make a child custody modification should obtain guidance to ensure they are taking all the necessary steps. This will also provide them with insight about the potential obstacles they might encounter in the process.
Source: Sentinel and Enterprise, "Push grows for shared parenting," Chelsea Diana, Feb. 18, 2014