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Child Custody Attorney in Salem, MA

Dedicated Child Custody Advocacy

If you are seeking to obtain sole custody of your child for whatever reason, then you will benefit from the assistance of a Salem divorce attorney from KRP Law, LLC. There are several different factors that are considered when a court decides on custody arrangements; however, custody will ultimately be decided in the child's best interests. Gender does not play a role when determining custody, mothers and fathers alike both have innate parental rights.

How is Child Custody Determined in Massachusetts?

In Massachusetts, child custody is seen as parenting time for each parent with their child. The court always prefers to have both parents actively involved and present in their child's life so that the divorce does not significantly alter the child's routine. If there is a history of domestic violence however, they protect the child's safety and probably only allow that parent to have monitored visitation.

There comes a point when the courts will take the child's preference into consideration. This is usually true once the child is 14 years or older. Once the child reaches 16 or 17, the judge will honor the child's wishes because they know they are able to make a logical and cognitive decision for themselves.

Some other aspects that the court will consider when deciding custody include:

  • The age of the children
  • The relationship of the child with each parent
  • The mental and physical wellbeing of each parent
  • The presence of a stable and supportive home environment
  • The living accommodations of each parent
  • The home and school adjustment for the child
  • Evidence of domestic violence
  • The employment responsibilities of both parents
  • The time each parent has to spend with the child
  • The children's wishes

What Are the Types of Child Custody?

If you and your spouse have gone through the divorce process then a Massachusetts court will make a decision of who has custody of any marital children. While the courts generally prefer joint custody, if there was wrongdoing on any of the parent's part then the other parent may be awarded sole custody. The most common custody arrangement is to have the child with the custodial parent on weeknights and then split weekends, holidays and school vacations between the parents evenly.

When it comes to custody there are two types that must be determine, there is legal custody and physical custody. The parent/parents with legal custody will have the authority to make major legal decisions on the child's behalf. These decisions include where they will go to school, what health care they will receive, what religious influence they will be introduced to, what extracurricular activities they will participate in and much more. The parent/parents with physical custody will have the child living and residing with them on a daily basis and will be there physical guardian and caretaker.

Contact KRP Law Office, LLC for a Free Consultation!

If you are facing divorce or if you have been through the divorce process and you are arranging child custody with your ex-spouse then do not hesitate to contact KRP Law Office, LLC today. Whether you are seeking to obtain sole custody or joint custody, I can help you by fighting for your rights, your goals and your desires regarding the outcome of your case. I can answer your questions regarding your case, discuss your options with you, advise you of the best action for you to take and provide you with aggressive representation of your case in court. Let my experience and skills work for you! Contact my Salem, MA office today and schedule a free consultation to discuss your child custody case!

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