Massachusetts residents who are divorcing a spouse with a history of violence often have concerns about their children's safety and their own safety. Parents who want to ensure their children's safety may have questions about their ex-spouses' eligibility to receive custody or visitation rights if they have been abusive toward their families in the past.
As is the case in other states, there are two types of child custody arrangements that a Massachusetts court could order when parents end their marriage. The types are legal and physical custody, and such arrangements might be ordered as part of a divorce settlement that is accepted by the court or through a litigated divorce.
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.