Divorced parents in Massachusetts who are detail-oriented and thorough may have already broached the subject of custody during summer break. However, even the best-laid plans can change. Whether you made initial plans and want to change them, or you are just now considering what to do over the summer, there are some tips to follow so it is a smooth process for everyone.
There are a number of misconceptions that some people may have with respect to child custody. For example, some people may think that a father is not able to have sole custody of his or her child and that the child’s mother is always given custody. Or, some people may think that it is extremely uncommon for a father to have custody of his child. However, there are many fathers who have custody and it is essential for people who are pursuing custody to take a careful approach to this situation, regardless of their gender.
If you and your minor child are escaping an abusive household via divorce, you may have concerns about Massachusetts courts awarding full or partial child custody or even visitation rights to your abusive former spouse. You have a right to protect your children, which means using the full extent of legal provisions available to demonstrate child abuse to the satisfaction of the court. Luckily, the state has a number of statutes in place to handle this matter.