Who gets custody of the children?
It’s such a simple question, isn’t it?
Yet in the years I’ve been a child custody Lawyer, I’m convinced this question causes as much disagreement and anguish for a couple as child support does.
And it even impacts couples that aren’t married.
For instance, I was recently contacted by a single mother who resides in North Carolina. She and her son’s father had begun to speak again and because the relationship had become cordial, she agreed to bring their 3 year old son up to the Boston area and allow him to spend three months visiting him.
Three months later, she returns to pick up her son, and the father refuses to give the boy up. In fact, he had even filed for custody here in Massachusetts.
She calls me in a panic, having no idea what to do and how to get help in a city where she doesn’t know anyone.
After doing a bit of research, I find out there is no father even listed on the boy’s birth certificate – so this guy has no legal right at all to keep her son.
So I picked-up the phone and spent three hours talking with the local police trying to convince them that this man, even though he’d filed for custody, had no legal right to keep the child.
To cut a long story short, I did convince the police to force the man to release the boy to his mother, and ended up having this custody case placed where it belonged – in the state of North Carolina.
As the story above shows, no two child custody cases are the same. Therefore, there is no one-size-fits-all solution because every situation is different.
When children are involved in a divorce, the couple should jointly determine where the children should live, what person will make major decisions on behalf of the children, and the amount of time each parent will have with the children on a weekly, monthly or yearly basis.
And that is why I spend so much time working with my clients, urging them to come to an amicable agreement with their spouse.
It’s a much better solution than the alternative – having a court decide your children’s fate.
Yet, if no agreement can be reached, I have no issue standing beside you in court and doing what’s best for you – and your children.
If you want an experienced and professional Boston Child Custody Lawyer that negotiates favorable terms – and leaves your family intact, then call me at (617) 273-5110 or email me here: to arrange your free consultation.