The Massachusetts Probate and Family Courts have wide discretion in making child custody orders and thus the results are not predictable with any level of certainty. The courts are guided by a child's best interest in making an initial custody order. Courts make orders relative to physical custody and legal custody. The parties are encouraged to reach agreements between themselves without court intervention.
Before deciding on a divorce, you will want to weigh all your options and decide what is and isn't working in the relationship. You or your partner may be able to change some things so as to save the marriage, although some issues may be deal breakers.
Whether there for a Massachusetts divorce hearing or to handle a custody agreement, Massachusetts family court is a charged and emotional situation for everyone involved. It makes sense: in that room, a decision will likely be made that will drastically change the course of our life.
Stepparent adoption in Massachusetts is the legal process of creating a legal parent-child status between those who lack the biological parent-child relationship. Once an adoption is finalized, the adoptive parent and child have the same rights and obligations as if the child was born to him/her.
Scientific research confirms that most people in Massachusetts who smoke marijuana before they have kids still occasionally get high after they become parents. But for parents in the throes of a divorce or paternity action, moderate, responsible, and even legal pot use represents a very real hazard. Despite shifting cultural and legal norms, marijuana consumption can and does come up in custody negotiations in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts fathers are spending more time caring for their children than they did a half-century ago. Still, most (63%) say they spend too little time with their kids and a much smaller share (36%) say they spend the right amount of time with them, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in August and September 2017.
The share of U.S. children living with an unmarried parent has more than doubled since 1968, jumping from 13% to 32% in 2017. That trend has been accompanied by a drop in the share of children living with two married parents, down from 85% in 1968 to 65%. Some 3% of children are not living with any parents, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.
A Massachusetts divorce can be a long process, with a lot of complicated feelings, but there's still a chance to avoid the worst acrimony of the situation, particularly when it comes to raising a child between two separate households. Introducing a child to the new reality of a two-home lifestyle is tricky. And doing so gracefully requires a strong foundation of cooperation between parents who've moved their separate ways.
Supervised parenting time allows parents to build healthy foundations for future relationships with their Massachusetts children, and offers opportunities for healing past issues in a safe environment. Because of the importance of supervised parenting time, parents may end up feeling as if their entire relationship with their children is riding on how these parenting times progress. It's no wonder that the hours, or even days, leading up to parenting time can be filled with fretting about what to do or what to say.