Child custody and visitation time can often become a contentious issue in a domestic relations action. At the Law Office of Michael F. Suarez, we understand the importance you place on your relationship with your child and your parenting time with them. Attorney Mike Suarez will work to protect your rights so that you can achieve your child custody and visitation goals. It is very common for parents to ask about legal and physical custody situations.
Sole legal custody: one parent shall have the right and responsibility to make major decisions regarding the child’s welfare including matters of education, medical care and emotional, moral and religious development.
Shared legal custody: continued mutual responsibility and involvement by both parents in major decisions regarding the child’s welfare including matters of education, medical care and emotional, moral and religious development.
Sole physical custody: a child shall reside with and be under the supervision of one parent, subject to reasonable visitation by the other parent, unless the court determines that such visitation would not be in the best interest of the child.
Shared physical custody: a child shall have periods of residing with and being under the supervision of each parent; provided, however, that physical custody shall be shared by the parents in such a way as to assure a child frequent and continued contact with both parents.
The Court’s in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are bound by law to decide matters of custody and visitation in the best interest of the minor child. However, the Judge in your case will have a lot of discretion as to exactly what that means. An advocate skilled in both negotiation and litigation will work to protect your interests at all costs. Contact Attorney Mike Suarez for a free consultation today at (508) 759-1122.
The Case of Betsy and Anne
Betsy and Anne were married with a 3-year-old child at the time the couple wanted to get divorced. Divorce Attorney Michael Suarez represented Betsy throughout this highly contentious divorce that resulted in going to court. Although Anne originally fought for full custody, Attorney Suarez was able to convince both parties to agree that joint physical and legal custody was in the best interest of their child. The original divorce agreement stated that the little boy would continue to attend school in Plymouth where Betsy resided. Anne, shortly after the party’s separation had relocated to Norwell. READ MORE