When parents split, the welfare of the children should always take priority. Parents sometimes have difficulty agreeing what is in their children’s best interests, and what the visitation or parenting schedule with each parent should be.
There are two types of custody in Massachusetts; legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody is the right and responsibility to make major decisions regarding a child’s welfare including matters of education, medical care, and emotional, moral, and religious development. Physical custody relates to the residence of a child, subject to reasonable visitation with the other parent, unless a court determines that such visitation is not in the child’s best interest.
Custody determinations have major consequences in a divorce proceeding so it is important to know what your rights are early on in the divorce process. Our child custody attorneys in Woburn and Saugus can discuss with you your options and help you determine an appropriate course of action and strategy in achieving a settlement that works for everyone, including your children. Please give us a call at (781) 484-1066 to schedule a free consultation to see how we can help you.