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Massachusetts Child Support Problem!
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Massachusetts law does not list specific factors to be considered in determining a child’s best interests, allowing judges a great deal of discretion in making decisions. A judge making a custody determination in a Massachusetts divorce case will be guided by the best interests of the children involved. check to learn more.
In Massachusetts, child custody determinations are based on the best interests of the child. In other words, the court places a higher priority on what's best for your child than what either you or your ex want or would prefer. check to learn more.
When a couple divorces and there is a minor child involved, the divorce decree will specify who has physical custody as well as legal custody of the child. There are typically several different custody arrangements that may be made for children of divorced parents. check to learn more.
When parents are separating, they may disagree about issues regarding their child. When the child is under 18, one or both parents can ask the court to make decisions for them by getting a court order for child custody or parenting time. check to learn more.
Under Massachusetts' family law, two sets of custody exist - physical custody and legal custody. Massachusetts' courts try to minimize the emotional impact of divorce on the child. The Massachusetts courts have full discretion when determining visitation between children and parents. check to learn more.