Agreeing on child custody and parenting arrangements is often one of the most difficult parts of a divorce or separation. In many circumstances, the adversarial nature of traditional divorce lawsuits can make the situation even worse. Often, child custody litigation encourages parents to get bogged down in making negative statements about one another, rather than concentrating on making a plan that best suits the children and the parents.
To learn more about how you may benefit from mediation services, contact the Worcester child custody mediation attorney at our firm for a strategy session. Call (508) 795-1557 to get started.
At The Law Office of Polly A. Tatum, we have seen over the past two decades how strong mediation can help parents where a traditional lawsuit might fail. Guided by a neutral third party, parents can express their fears and hopes about their children and work out a compromise agreement.
A trained lawyer and mediator, Polly A. Tatum has handled more than 3,000 family law mediations in more than two decades of practice. As an experienced and actively practicing family law attorney, Ms. Tatum can inform her mediation clients about the relevant child custody laws in Massachusetts and help guide them to an acceptable and workable custody and parenting schedule.
Mediation is appropriate for nearly any type of child custody disagreement, including:
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Parents are presumed to be in control of a child’s schedules and activities, and as such, in Massachusetts, the law does not generally presume that a child can make choices about what parent they choose to live with. However, if the parents are unable to agree on where their child lives, the Court will be forced to make the determination based on what the best interests of the child are. In this case, the preferences of the child may be taken into consideration and weighed against their age and maturity. In general, the early teen years will be the ages at which judges will give more consideration to a child’s preference.
To get more information about how the mediation process can be effective at resolving child custody disputes, contact our office to schedule a strategy session with our Worcester child custody mediation attorney. We assist clients in Worcester County.
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