What to Know About Child Visitation Rights in Massachusetts

When it comes to child visitation rights, in Massachusetts, any parenting schedule must be approved by the court in order to be binding. The court will always aim to make their decisions following the best interests of the child. If you have questions or concerns about child visitation rights, contact our experienced Massachusetts family law attorneys today. At the Law Offices of Cynthia L. Hanley, we are committed to helping you and your family navigate through this time. Continue reading to learn more about child visitation rights in Massachusetts:

What determines child visitation rights after a divorce in Massachusetts?

All families have their own unique circumstances, which is why Massachusetts courts will consider a variety of factors when making decisions regarding visitation rights. Some of the factors that the court will contemplate are:

  • If the parent was convicted of domestic abuse
  • If the parent has a history of drug or alcohol abuse
  • The overall parental fitness
  • The safety and needs of the child (both physical and emotional)
  • The child’s preference if they are old enough to make an informed decision
  • The parent’s location or schedule
  • The current relationship between the parent and the child

When might a parent not have visitation rights?

A Massachusetts court will always make its decisions based on the best interests of the child. However, if one parent is not able to perform their duties in a way that will be healthy for their child, it is likely that a court will award sole custody to the other parent.

In a sole custody circumstance, one parent will have physical and legal custody of the child. This means that the child will live with that parent, and the parent will be responsible for making all medical, educational, social, religious, and other decisions on behalf of the child. In this situation, however, a parent may still be able to have visitation rights.

How can I obtain visitation rights?

If a parent does not have sole or legal custody of their child and would like visitation rights to see their child, they must go through court. The Massachusetts court will approve or deny this request based on the child’s best interest. If the court finds that a child will not be placed in a healthy and happy environment with the other parent, then visitation rights will likely be denied.

Contact our experienced Bristol County firm

For over 30 years, The Law Offices of Cynthia L. Hanley, P.C. has provided quality legal support and representation for clients in Bristol County and all of Massachusetts. Our firm’s experience eases the stress of clients while providing the legal services they deserve. If you need help through a contested divorce, contact The Law Offices of Cynthia L. Hanley, P.C. for a consultation today.