A Florida family's custody case points to the importance of custody arrangements for families across the country, including those in Massachusetts.
Same-sex couples often run into legal issues if they separate or divorce. If there are children involved, the legal issues can be even more complicated. A recent ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Court determined that same-sex couples in a domestic partnership have the same rights during a divorce or separation as married couples.
Many Massachusetts residents likely understand first-hand just how frustrating child custody arrangements can be. Each parent likely wants to spend time with their child and if the parents do not live near each other this can be quite difficult. One father understands quite well what it is like to not get to see his one's child for a significant period of time due to a custody issue.
When parents divorce, agreeing on a child custody arrangement may be the most challenging part of finalizing the split. Families who have worked through this process understand quite well the hardships that come along with child custody arrangements.
Massachusetts residents know that the day a family adds an adopted child to their home is very memorable and happy. Leading up to that day, the family has likely spent a lot of time working towards bringing their child home. Adoptions are difficult processes, regardless of where they occur. However, when same-sex couples in states where same-sex marriage or adoption is not recognized choose to adopt, the process is even more difficult.
Child custody determinations involve so much more than determining what percentage of time each parent will have in a shared-custody situation. The details become vitally important: will the children travel back and forth during the year, will they spend summers with one parent, will there be a two-week share schedule or a one?