As opioid use in Massachusetts sky-rockets, the Family Courts are seeing an increase in guardianship of minor proceedings. Usually families prefer to keep the child with a family member rather than in the foster care system when the parent is involved with opioid use.
When parents aren't living together as a child's birth approaches, the family may benefit from having pre-birth orders spelling out what will happen at the hospital and beyond. Pre-birth orders sought in Massachusetts help preserve a calm environment for the child's arrival and keep the hospital from having to play referee between the parents. Pre-birth orders can allocate authority for medical decisions starting from birth, ensure that both parents have a chance to hold the baby and enjoy opportunities for bonding, and include a plan for the baby's care on release from the hospital.
School is back in session in Massachusetts. That means a change of schedule, a change of weather and when you're divorced a change in how you need to interact with your ex.
When you're fighting your ex for child custody, developing a schedule that benefits all involved parties isn't easy. If you can't find common ground, you must try to remain legally and ethically moral, even if it means pushing your feelings aside.
Although you can't predict what will happen in custody cases, the drafting of comprehensive agreements that address common problems that arise in joint legal and physical custody situations may alleviate future problems.
Divorce is hard for almost all children. It can be traumatic and confusing in even the best of circumstances. But for children with special needs, a divorce in can be even more difficult. And for the parents of special needs children, divorce requires strategizing to make sure that arrangements are made to adequately address the children's ongoing and future physical, emotional, and financial needs.
If you are currently facing or have already started a child custody case, one of the best tools you can have is a 'custody journal'. What is a custody journal? It's a journal you create solely for the purpose of documenting all the aspects of daily life to support your child custody claims in family court. It is important that this journal not be part of any other personal journal, as it is very likely portions of it may become part of the public record depending on the facts in your case.