Massachusetts residents might be interested in a new study that indicates children of divorced couples suffer less stress when they spend time living with both parents. The research appears in the April 27 edition of the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.
Parents in Massachusetts may benefit from learning more about the factors that are generally used to determine the best interests of the child, as described by the Child Welfare Information Gateway. Family courts typically preside over cases that can significantly affect children's lives, including issues that involve custody determination and placement, terminating parental rights, permanency planning and safety and living conditions. Every state has laws requiring judges to consider the best interests of the child when making these decisions.
Under certain circumstances, it may become necessary for a Massachusetts custodial parent to relocate with his or her child. However, this may create logistical problems if the other parent has the right to visit or has partial custody of the child. Typically, it is the responsibility of the relocating parent to come up with a visitation schedule that is agreeable to the other parent and in the best interests of the child.
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.