Boston Child Custody Attorneys

There are a lot of challenges that come with being an unmarried parent. Whether you are going through a divorce or you have never been married, a comprehensive parenting plan can provide solutions tailored to you and your kids.

For more than 50 years, the Dane Shulman name has earned a reputation for standing up for the rights of Massachusetts families. Today, our lawyers are ready to listen to your concerns, explain your options and develop a parenting plan that works.

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Massachusetts Child Custody And Visitation

Child custody can be the most important issue in a divorce proceeding. In Massachusetts, child custody includes both the legal custody and physical custody. Barring extreme circumstances, both parents generally receive joint legal custody of their children, giving both equal rights to make decisions affecting their children's lives:

  • Education
  • Heath and medical care
  • Child care and daily needs
  • Religious upbringing
  • Other important decisions

Physical custody, or where the children live, can be more controversial. Under most circumstances, it is best for the children to have frequent and continued contact with both parents. To facilitate this, courts often find that some form of shared physical custody or shared parenting plan serves the best interests of the children. This could range from one parent having primary custodial rights while the other parent has substantial visitation time to the parents sharing nearly equal time with the child.

As your child custody lawyers, we work closely with you so that we understand your goals and the unique aspects of your case. We represent your interests in negotiations as we strive to achieve a parenting plan that you can be happy with. However, if a custody agreement cannot be achieved through negotiation or family mediation, we aggressively assert your interests and the best interests of your children in court.

Custody And Support Modifications And Enforcement

We also handle post-judgment matters that arise in the future, such as when a change of circumstances requires an adjustment in the existing parenting plan or a modification of child support obligations. We can also answer your questions about child relocations out of state.

Contact Our Boston And Cambridge Visitation Lawyers

Whether you have full custody, partial custody or visitation rights, we will come up with a parenting plan that allows you to be there for your kids and allows your kids to live the most normal life possible.

To speak to one of our attorneys in a free consultation, please call 617-379-1786 or toll free at 866-942-6740.