Some Massachusetts divorces are like pulling teeth, with splitting-up spouses battling at virtually every turn and juncture. Even some of those decouplings can feature common ground and civility on select points, though.
If you've gone through a divorce with input from a Massachusetts family law judge, you undoubtedly appreciate the powers wielded by a court and understand why issued rulings are expected to be complied with.
To an impressively high degree, dads -- just like moms -- seek inclusion and the opportunity to play a key role in the lives of their children.
Child custody is one of the most important issues couples with children have to deal with in divorce, if not the most important issue. Ideally, couples are able to set their differences aside and work together to settle upon a custody arrangement that is beneficial for their children. This is not possible, though, in every case.
Clarion call to all divorced parents who, while loving their kids to an inestimable degree, couldn't stand their former partner in the months prior to dissolution and still feel the same way now: suck it up.
As a Massachusetts parent involved in a divorce that features children, you unquestionably have rights -- strong and plenary -- when it comes to the custody of your offspring.
When a divorce reaches a friendly resolution, many people believe that this final agreement will never change; however, like many legal documents, it is possible to amend this agreement. If the divorce process involves children, this isn't that unusual. One of the common reasons that this agreement could be changed is the need for amendment as a result of a child custody move-away petition.
Of course it's a given that parents customarily wield sizable authority over their children and are given broad latitude regarding their determinations on matters focused on discipline, setting boundaries and the proper punishment -- if any -- to dole out when they believe doing so is in a child's best interests.
"Pictures are forever" is a phrase that has undoubtedly been uttered more than a few times across the country by family members looking at decades-old snapshots of long gone relatives who continue to stare back at them from well-worn photo albums.
In any divorce involving children, there are bound to be some difficult and emotional times. This is particularly true in cases where divorcing parents aren't able to agree about the terms of a custody agreement. As we discussed in a recent blog post, in contested custody cases, a family law judge will take several factors into consideration when attempting to determine what type of arrangement serves a child's best interest.