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Violence and child custody

In Massachusetts, custody and visitation laws stipulate how incidents of violence should be handled by the court. This means that if one parent commits an act of violence against the other parent or against the child, the abusive parent may be denied custody. Additionally, that parent could face restrictions on their visitation privileges. However, the nature of the violent act plays a large part in determining what action the court will take.

When a non-custodial parent fails to exercise designated time

In many Massachusetts divorces involving children, one parent is designated as the custodial parent, and the other is designated as the non-custodial parent. The non-custodial parent is usually awarded some amount of visitation time. That time can range from a few hours during the week all the way up to several days and nights per week. When the non-custodial parent fails to exercise their right to this time, it can cause several problems for the child and the custodial parent.

The difference between fixed and reasonable visitation

When a Massachusetts court orders visitation, it may order reasonable or fixed visitation. It is important for parents to understand the differences between these two types of visitation and what their responsibilities will be in each situation. A failure to comply with the visitation order can result in contempt charges, possible loss of custody and other consequences.

Grandparent rights in Massachusetts

There are some situations that can occur that may prompt grandparents to seek visitation rights for a grandchild. The law in Massachusetts allows grandparents to seek them if certain circumstances apply. In making its decision, a court will only grant grandparent visitation rights in the event that doing so is in the child's best interests.

Massachusetts child custody

Courts in Massachusetts make custody decisions based on what is in the child's best interests. The court may decide with which parent the child will primarily reside and provide visitation rights to the other, or, if the court determines neither parent's home is appropriate, the judge may instead place the child in the care of an interested third party. Additionally, the court may assign decision-making authority to one or both parents.

Grandparents rights in Massachusetts

Many Massachusetts grandparents experience the heartache of estrangement from their beloved grandchildren after a particularly acrimonious divorce or break-up. This negatively impacts the children as well, as they are now denied the support and love of their extended family.

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