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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?

What might a visitation schedule look like?

Following divorce or separation, not all parents achieve the level of child custody that they would like. Some parents in Massachusetts are only granted visitation time, even though the national trend is toward shared parenting -- meaning as close to equal parenting time as circumstances warrant. Nevertheless, that goal doesn't fit every family profile. When a parent is limited to visitation time, what might a visitation a schedule look like?

Modifying child custody plans: The Jolie-Pitt case

Parents in Massachusetts and elsewhere who are going through the divorce process may find figuring out what to do with the children harder than they expected. Child custody plans can help or hurt parental-child bonds. A prime example of this would be the Jolie-Pitt divorce case.

Do child custody issues have to be addressed in court?

Massachusetts couples choose to end their marriages, partnerships, relationships or unions all the time. When children are involved, reaching agreeable child custody terms can be a bit of a challenge. When it is, some people may believe that the only way to resolve custody issues is by going to court. The truth is, that may not be necessary.

Things to know about joint child custody

For most Massachusetts residents, the divorce process is not easy to get through -- particularly if children are involved. Trying to figure out the ideal arrangements for children can be hard on parents. The vast majority of parents just want to achieve child custody terms that they believe will do the least amount of damage.

Not happy with your child custody arrangement?

Not too long ago, you got a divorce. As part of your settlement, a child custody order was issued that, at the time, you felt was fair or, at least, fair enough. It worked, and you didn't feel it was worth fighting about. Well, times have changed, and you've changed your mind. What can parents in Massachusetts who are unhappy with their child custody arrangements do to address the situation?

When parenting plans involve staying in the family home

When getting a divorce, the last thing most couples think of doing is staying in the family home together when all is said and done. However, a new trend in family law circles involves parenting plans that keep the kids and parents living on the same property together to make things easier on the children. Wondering what that looks like? A number of divorcing couples in Massachusetts may want to know how or if this could work for them.

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