When a Massachusetts couple goes through a divorce, in most cases one parent will become the custodial parent while the other parent will have visitation rights. While many non-custodial parents ensure that they visit with their children during their scheduled parenting time, others decide that they no longer want to or cannot see their children.
Fall is almost here, and school is back in session for many parts of the country. This time of year brings challenges, particularly in the first few weeks as children and parents alike must deal with changes like getting up earlier, settling back into a bedtime routine, packing school lunches and juggling homework time with after-school activities like sports and clubs.
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.
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.
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.