If you lost custody of your child, it is in your best interest to reach out to one of our skilled Massachusetts family law attorneys today to learn more about your options. Our firm recognizes that losing custody can impact not only you but your child. Read on to learn more about how to regain child custody.
What are the different types of child custody in Massachusetts?
There are two types of child custody in Massachusetts. A parent can be granted both types, just one, or none. The two kinds of custody are as follows:
- Physical custody: This refers to where the child will reside most of the time. This parent is also responsible for the child and will provide a home, stability, food, clothes, etc. In some cases, custody will be shared equally by both parents or guardians. Physical custody can be split up into sole, joint, or shared.
- Legal custody: When a parent has legal custody, they are able to make important decisions on behalf of the child’s life. These can involve academic, social, medical, religious, etc. decisions. One or both parents may have legal custody, and a parent does not have to have physical custody to have legal custody.
How is custody determined?
The court decides child custody arrangements and will keep the child’s best interests in mind when making their decisions. The court will also consider the following:
- Each party’s ability to provide stability
- Whether the parent will act in the child’s best interests
- The relationship between the child and the parent
- The physical health and safety of the child
- The needs of the child
- The location and proximity of each parent’s home
- The preference of the child if they are of sufficient age
Why would a parent lose custody?
There are many reasons why a parent might lose custody of their child. Some of the most common include:
- Refusal to co-parent
- Substance abuse
How can I get custody back?
You may be deemed unfit to parent your child for many reasons. If a court finds that you are unable to contribute positively to your child’s life, you may lose custody. In most cases, however, the reason for losing custody is something that can be worked on and fixed. For example, if you lost child custody because you suffer from a substance abuse issue, you can seek treatment and take courses to aid in eliminating your issue.
If you have lost child custody for whatever reason, contact our experienced law firm today to discuss your options. We are dedicated to ensuring that your rights are protected.
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