When it comes to custody arrangements, there are many options that may end up being implemented following your divorce.

The emotions involved in custody disputes can be incredibly intense. As parents, we want what is best for our children, and when it feels like we are not able to agree with the other parent on what that is, it can be extremely difficult. Often, each parent will feel like they are the one fighting for what is right for the child, and this can lead to a lot of conflicts. Additionally, during a custody dispute, it can feel like every decision is a life or death matter. You may worry about who your child will live with, how often you will get to see them, and what will happen if you lose custody. All of these feelings are completely normal, but it is important to remember that you are not alone. Here are the types of custody arrangements you might see in Massachusetts:

Joint Custody

One type of custody arrangement is joint custody. Joint custody can be either physical or legal. Physical custody means that the child lives with both parents, while legal custody allows both parents to make decisions about the child’s education, health care, and religious upbringing. In some cases, one parent may have primary physical custody while the other has joint legal custody. This means that the child would live with one parent most of the time but both parents would be able to make decisions about their upbringing.

Joint custody arrangements can be either joint-physical or joint-legal, or a combination of both. It is important to remember that even if you do not have primary physical custody, you still have rights as a parent.

Sole Custody

Another type of custody arrangement is sole custody. Sole custody means that only one parent has legal and physical custody of the child. The other parent may have visitation rights, but they will not be able to make decisions about the child’s upbringing.

If you are facing a sole custody arrangement, it is important to understand your rights as a parent. You still have the right to spend time with your child and to be involved in their life, even if you do not have primary custody.

How Can a Lawyer Help?

Our law firm understands how difficult it can be to deal with custody arrangements. We are here to help you through this process and ensure that you receive the best possible outcome for your case. Contact us at 508-571-5452 to get started.