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Planning may be crucial for Massachusetts child custody battles

Many of Massachusetts' residents know a divorce can raise a whole host of legal issues. While some worry about property division and alimony, others are primarily concerned with child custody. Though many Massachusetts Child Custody cases result in joint physical custody, some parents may feel sole custody supports the child's best interests. Those who seek to obtain sole custody often face a long, hard road full of opposition. For this reason, it is a good idea to be as prepared as possible before heading down that path.

When a child custody agreement cannot be worked out between a divorcing couple a judge will be left with the decision. A judge will seek to make a decision that supports the best interests of the child. Several factors may be taken into account to reach a conclusion including any histories of violence, instances of drug or alcohol abuse, any existing financial issues, ongoing mental health concerns and the stability of the parents' homes.

Therefore, it is important for a parent seeking sole custody to discover any parenting issues the other party may have and present those to the court. Also, it might be beneficial to consider one's own parenting abilities and consider how the other side might attack them. Then, the parent seeking sole custody can defend his or her parenting acts and articulate why he or she is best suited to provide for their child's needs.

Family law issues and child custody issues in particular can be very complicated and heated. Whether one is addressing child custody or visitation rights, obtaining the help of an experienced attorney may be beneficial. A Massachusetts family law attorney can help develop a legal strategy that not only supports the parent's best interests, but those of the child as well. It is hoped that with this help a parent can reach a favorable conclusion that allows him or her to move on with life while providing a safe, caring and stable home for his or her child.

Source: American News Report, "Getting Sole Custody of Your Child," Feb. 17, 2014

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