It's a rare occurrence these days when we do not have to address social media in a Massachusetts divorce or paternity child custody case.
In Massachusetts, the degree to which the conduct of a parent can affect acustody award depends on many factors, and goes beyond whether or not a parent has a criminal conviction. Certain serious felonies and domestic violence weigh heavily against awarding custody, but evidence of parental fitness may overcome this.
The unequivocal answer is "no." Under Massachusetts law, child support and parenting time are separate matters and a parent's failure to pay child support is not a legal justification to deny or suspend visitation.
If you're facing a change in your marriage and family life, you're not alone in Massachusetts. The best thing you can do is to find out what your options are, and learn how to protect yourself, your assets, and/or your children. One of the most common questions someone in this situation asks is, "Do I really need to hire an attorney to represent me?"
The discipline of children is a frequent source of post-divorce litigation in Massachusetts. When divorced parents have different opinions about how to manage their children's behavior, they often go to court expecting the court to approve one approach and forbid the other.
Raising a child in Massachusetts is expensive. Both parents share a duty to financially provide for their child, regardless of custody or parental rights. Likewise, every child has a right to financial support from his or her parents. While the court will consider many factors when making a decision on custody, income alone won't prevent a parent from getting custody of his or her child.
Sometimes parties decide to separate but are not ready to file for divorce in Massachusetts and officially end their marriage. The decision to separate rather than divorce can be based on a number of reasons such as the parties' desire to attempt to save their marriage, religious beliefs which prohibit divorce, or the parties' inability to afford to divorce at a particular time. People often ask whether during this time they can file for legal separation in Massachusetts.