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Our Parenting Plan Checklist

Our Parenting Plan Checklist

When you and your children’s other parent are going toshare custody, you need to develop a parenting plan. This is a written document that sets out the practical aspects of co-parenting. Whether you and the other parent were never married or are going through a divorce, this is a tough process. You both want what is best for your children yet may…

Spring Break & Divorce

Spring Break & Divorce

When you and your spouse decide to divorce, you know you’re going to have to tackle tough issues. One of the toughest is sharing custody of your children. Having your children divide time between your homes becomes especially difficult during school holidays and vacations. With spring break approaching, you and your children’s other parent need to communicate and decide how to handle…

Child Custody: Moving the Kids to a Different State

Child Custody in 2019: Read this Before You Move the Kids to a Different State

In our increasingly global economy, relocation has become a fact of life. In fact, America is one of the most mobile countries in the world. According to a Gallup study, approximately one-fifth of Americans have moved to another area or a different state within the last five years. What’s the biggest reason Americans move? Work. Imagine you have a great new career opportunity…

Obtaining Emergency Temporary Custody

A parent may seek emergency temporary custody when the other parent presents an immediate danger to a child. Substance abuse by a parent, abandonment, and other reckless or threatening behavior can constitute grounds for a court to issue an emergency custody order. If you believe that the actions of your spouse or ex-spouse are endangering your child, what steps should you take…

How Right to First Refusal Affects Child Custody Cases

During divorce proceedings with an ex-spouse in Boston, there are many details that need to be discussed regarding how marital assets will be split between the both of you, who will live in the house, and if there will be alimony paid out. Yet another important factor that needs to be decided during the divorce hearing concerns child custody. It will be…

Top 10 Rules to Make Joint Custody Work

Divorce is hard on the adults in a marriage; there’s no doubt about that – but it is even harder on the children. When you are working on a parenting schedule for joint custody, you can construct it in such a way that it minimizes the impact and isn’t as hard on the children. Your attorney can help with the arrangement to…

How Child Custody Is Determined In Massachusetts

Ending a serious relationship comes with a myriad of emotions and complicated issues to resolve, such as joint bank accounts, a shared home, and most importantly, custody of shared children. Understanding how child custody decisions are made in Massachusetts may help you prepare for the process and potential outcome in your unique situation. Mediation for Separating or Divorcing Parents The first step…

Mediation for Unmarried Parents

Like parents who are married, unmarried parents have to come together to make decisions about their children. When it becomes difficult for two people to agree on how a child should be raised, it’s almost always beneficial to turn to mediation. What Are Your Rights as Unmarried Parents under Massachusetts Law? The children of unmarried parents have the same rights under Massachusetts…

All About Child Custody Mediation in Massachusetts

Determining child custody in Massachusetts is a heart-rendering and involved process. Parents find themselves in a constant state of stress as they wait for courts to decide the best home for their children. But there is an alternative that offers better control and less conflict. Child custody mediation allows parents to discuss the best arrangements for them and their children. The result…

Visitation with Unrelated or Step-Children

Divorce is hard. It is emotionally taxing and physically exhausting when two people who entered into a marriage decide to end it. The difficulty is exacerbated, though, when one of the parties was a step-parent and is now separated from not only their former partner, but children they’ve bonded with as well. In the state of Massachusetts, there are provisions for de…