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Child custody: Infants and toddlers need sleepovers with dads

Any divorced parent in Massachusetts will likely know how difficult it is to make sure all decisions are in the best interests of the child -- especially if the child is an infant or a toddler. When parents negotiate child custody and parenting time, it would only be natural for a mother to think it would not be in best interest of the child to have overnight visits with the father at such a young age. She might fear such visits might jeopardize the mother-child relationship.

For child custody determinations, stable may not mean two parents

To play a role in a child's life, various adults may seek court approval, even if they are not the child's parent. For example, grandparents may request custodial powers. Indeed, in our changing American family demographic, new custody arrangements are bound to arise. A recent example, involving one dad and two moms, underscores that the best interests of a child can be served from a variety of loving contacts.

Stressed about your divorce or custody? Yelling won't help

Parents who are going through a contentious divorce or fighting over custody struggle with intense, painful emotions. They can feel frustrated, helpless, angry, betrayed and scared, and these emotions can be enough to make anyone lose their temper more easily.

Custody laws receive poor shared parenting grades

A 2014 report card from the National Parents Organization rated how shared parenting was dealt with in state child custody laws, and Massachusetts was awarded a C+ grade. While this may not seem to be a ringing endorsement, only five states received better grades. The law is often accused of failing to keep up with changes in society, and many legal experts say that outdated gender roles form the basis of much of the nation's child custody laws.

Kidnap fears prompt court order in celebrity custody dispute

Massachusetts residents may recognize the actress Kelly Rutherford from her appearances on popular television shows including 'Gossip Girl" and 'Melrose Place," and they may also have learned from media reports that she has been involved in a contentious child custody dispute with her ex-husband. The 46-year-old actress divorced her husband in 2008 after two years of marriage, but the legal wrangling over custody of the couple's two children has continued on for several years.

Reality star seeking custody of 11-year-old daughter

Massachusetts residents may be interested to know that former reality star Jon Gosselin is reportedly seeking custody of his 11-year-old daughter. This comes after the child complained that her mother, Kate Gosselin, was mistreating her. Despite the lack of a relationship between the two parents, it is possible that a judge would allow the daughter to live with her father. However, once a parent has been awarded custody of a child, custody rights may only be modified in most cases based on a change in circumstance.

Dangers of international child abductions

Massachusetts residents may be interested to learn that a hearing is scheduled for May 18 in an international abduction case that has taken more than 10 years to come to trial. According to the prosecution in this case, the mother took her 8-year-old daughter to Costa Rica illegally and lived there with her second husband. She returned to New Hampshire after the child turned 18. She and her second husband are now facing charges of witness tampering and custodial interference.

Study shows kids do best living with both parents after divorce

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.

Parental alienation after a divorce

Perhaps one of the most stressful aspects of divorce or separation is the arriving at an agreement about the support and custody of the estranged couple's children. This stress can be enhanced when one or more of the children begin to view one of the parents as the wrongdoer. Massachusetts social workers have observed and studies have supported two different types of parental alienation. The first is when the child's negative views of one parent are supported and encouraged by the other parent. The second is when the child begins to alienate from a parent without being provoked to demonstrate such behavior.

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