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Child Custody Archives

Figuring out child custody when your child is a teenager

Being a teenager is difficult. Most adults, if given the opportunity to go back to their teenage years for a do-over, would say no thank you. People are happy to move on from that awkward stage in life. Divorcing parents of teens in the state of Massachusetts need to remember what it was like being that age when dealing with child custody issues. More problems are likely to arise not only when creating parenting plans but when carrying them out -- why?

Parental alienation can lead to a custody dispute

Parental alienation is something with which too many Massachusetts residents are familiar. This is where one parent does or says things to his or her children in an effort to harm their relationship with the other parent. This kind of behavior can ultimately lead to a custody dispute in which going to court is necessary. Legal counsel can help victims of alienating parents seek fair access to their children and seek to have the offending parties held responsible for their actions.

Are your parenting plans set for summer? Now is the time to check

Sharing custody of your children with your ex is not always the easiest thing to manage. Parenting plans are put in place with the hopes that they will be good long-term, but sometimes, they end up needing changing. With Massachusetts residents starting to get their summer plans in place, now would be a good time to re-evaluate current custody arrangements in order to make sure they align with expected schedule changes and family vacations.

How does stepparent adoption work?

With divorce rates being relatively high in Massachusetts and the United States in general, blended families resulting from remarriage are becoming the new norm. Being a stepparent is not always the easiest of things. It takes time to build a relationship with one's stepchildren and not having any legal claim to those children can make certain situations complicated -- such as when dealing with a medical emergency or handling problems that may arise at school, among a number of other issues that commonly come up when raising kids. Stepparent adoption can help bring a blended family closer together and give stepparents the legal rights they need to manage problems that come up with their spouses' children.

When mental health can affect child custody

Numerous adults in Massachusetts suffer from mental illness. Such issues range in severity from minor depression to a total loss of reality. When a person's mental state limits his or her ability to care for him or herself, there is a need to question if he or she has the ability to care for his or her own children. This issue may be brought up during the divorce process if one spouse believes the other spouse's mental health status should affect the final child custody arrangement.

New year, new parenting plans

The new year is just about here. How are your parenting plans looking? Will they continue to work as is or do you think changes are needed? If you think a child custody modification would serve your family's best interests, now is a good time for parents in Massachusetts to start the modification process.

Child custody: Do fathers get the short end of the stick?

Nationally, there is a movement to offer mothers and fathers equal access to their children when the couple's relationship fails. This movement is not new, so one would think that more fathers would feel that they are being treated equally in the eyes of the law. Unfortunately, according to a recent report, many fathers do not feel this way. When it comes to child custody, are fathers in Massachusetts and elsewhere still getting the short end of the stick?

When a child custody case goes to court

While many custody issues can be resolved privately, there are some parents in Massachusetts who end up needing the courts to decide with whom their children will live and how parenting plans will be set up. If this happens, it is okay. Parents can get through this and even walk away with the child custody agreement they were hoping for if they approach the situation just right.

Child custody options that fit your needs

The state of Massachusetts understands that, when going through a divorce with children involved, figuring out custody can be difficult. The state offers four different types of child custody arrangements so that parents can reach custody terms that are the right fit for their families. What are those four options?

Child custody and a child's wishes

When children are young, they may not think too much about which parent they live with when their parents get divorced. As they get older, they may start to express their opinions on the matter. In Massachusetts, does a child's wishes regarding child custody matter to the court?

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