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Child Custody & Visitation

Divorce in Massachusetts (MA) 

Child custody issues can become contentious quickly. It is important to keep focused on what is best for the children involved and retain a lawyer with a commitment to working in the children's best interests while preserving parental rights.

In making custody decisions, the court considers the happiness and welfare of the child, taking into account whether the child's present or past living conditions have a negative impact on his physical, mental, moral or emotional health.

Making child custody decisions are a difficult part of divorcing. Knowing your options from the start may make tough decisions a little easier.

What types of custody are there?

Legal custody gives you the right to make decisions about your child, including his/her education, religion, medical care and discipline.

Physical custody allows you to have your child live with you.

Sole custody is when only one parent has legal and/or physical custody of a child. Sole custody means that only one parent is responsible for making decisions about their child's upbringing. Sole physical custody means that only one parent has the right to have a child live at their home.

Shared or Joint custody is when you and your ex-spouse share legal and/or physical custody. Both parents share in child-rearing decisions and spend time living with the children. 

How are visitation rights determined?

Visitation awards to the non-custodial parent are within the discretion of the court. In making custody decisions, the court considers the happiness and welfare of the child, taking into account whether the child's present or past living conditions have a negative impact on his physical, mental, moral or emotional health.

After the custody order is given, both parents are bound by it. If you're denied court-ordered access to your child, your attorney can seek help from the court. The judge may decide to modify the visitation order or order makeup visitation for the time missed. 

For questions regarding related topics, click on the links:

Divorce
Child & Spousal (Alimony) Support
Paternity

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Law Offices of Dennis J. Conry ® 245 Main Street, Wareham, MA 02571
508-295-7540   
www.djconry@conrylaw.comcastbiz.net   

Attorney Dennis J. Conry serves clients throughout Southeastern Massachusetts, the South Shore and Cape Cod, including Barnstable, Bourne, Braintree, Bridgewater, Brockton, Buzzards Bay, Cataumet, Dartmouth, East Falmouth, Fall River, Falmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, Hyannis, Kingston, Mashpee, Marion, Mattapoisett, Middleboro,  New Bedford, Plymouth, Rochester, Sandwich, Swansea, Taunton,  
Quincy, Yarmouth, Wareham

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Law Offices of Dennis J. Conry ® 245 Main Street, Wareham, MA 02571
508-295-7540   
www.djconry@conrylaw.comcastbiz.net   

Attorney Dennis J. Conry serves clients throughout Southeastern Massachusetts, the South Shore and Cape Cod, including Barnstable, Bourne, Braintree, Bridgewater, Brockton, Buzzards Bay, Cataumet, Dartmouth, East Falmouth, Fall River, Falmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, Hyannis, Kingston, Mashpee, Marion, Mattapoisett, Middleboro,  New Bedford, Plymouth, Rochester, Sandwich, Swansea, Taunton,  
Quincy, Yarmouth, Wareham
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