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Violation of custody agreement results in arrest

Earlier this month we wrote a blog post about legal issues that could arise when a parent who shares custody of a child with the other parent decides to relocate. In that post we discussed what generally needs to happen with the custody agreement before a parent can make the move. For example, a relocation considered to be significant, such as moving to another country, would need to be approved by the court. The failure to secure that approval could lead to legal problems for the parent who took the child. A woman from the east coast is currently facing that reality.

Back-to-school time could be different following a divorce

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.

Massachusetts Representative pushes for child custody reform

Parents who have struggled with a mental or physical disability can face discrimination in child custody hearings. Unfortunately, a judge making a determination in a child custody case for this parent may decide the diagnosis is enough to rule the parent as unfit.

A proactive child custody arrangement can help divorced parents

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.

Allegations may hurt actor's odds for joint child custody order

Does a criminal record mean than an individual can’t be a good parent? Most readers would say no, but does the type of crime make a difference in that analysis? These are some of the questions that may be raised during the upcoming divorce proceeding of “Scandal” actor Columbus Short.

Proposed bill could impact Massachusetts child custody decisions

If disputes arise in a divorce, both the time and cost to the parties can increase exponentially. An experienced divorce attorney may have strategies for presenting issues to the other party in a manner that encourages resolutions without court involvement. Even in uncontested divorces, however, the time between an initial filing and the final divorce decree can take several months.

Factors that affect legal child custody determinations

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.

Push to make parenting time equal for co-parents


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.

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