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Massachusetts Child Custody

Massachusetts divorce courts determine child custody by the key legal standard of what's in the best interest of the child. Typically, divorce courts like to assign joint child custody, if possible, so the child can continue a relationship with both parents after divorce.

When determining child custody, the Massachusetts divorce court will consider:

  • Happiness and welfare of the child
  • If the child's past or present living conditions affect physical, mental, moral or emotional health
  • Abuse of alcohol or drugs
  • Desertion of the child
  • Parent's ability to cooperate in matters concerning the child

In Massachusetts, it's possible to modify child custody if there is a material and substantial change in circumstances. Speak with a local Massachusetts divorce lawyer about how child custody will determined in your divorce. Get advice about how to modify child custody and what the divorce court considers as a substantial change. Connect today by calling 877-349-1310 or filling out a Massachusetts divorce case review.

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The above synopsis of Massachusetts divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Massachusetts divorce lawyer in your area.

Massachusetts divorce laws were last updated May 2009.

Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.