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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.

Which parent has custody before going to court?

Determining who has legal custody of a child immediately after his or her parents separate will greatly depend in Massachusetts on whether or not the child's parents are married. If a child's parents are married and they have not yet gone to court after separating, both parents will share legal custody. This means that both parents will have an equal say in all of the major decisions in their child's life, including education and health care.

How a child's best interests are determined

Custody battles can be hard on everyone involved, especially on children. Consideration of a child's best interests is the priority of the court system in Massachusetts. The definition of the best interests has not been standardized, but it typically means the consideration of actions and conditions that will best address a child's needs. Many factors are taken into consideration as decisions about custody and parenting time are made.

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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