Burlington Child Custody Attorneys
Get a Fair Child Custody Agreement in Burlington, MA
Determining child custody is one of the most emotionally-charged processes parents have to go through during a divorce. Both parents want what's best for their child, but they may not have the same idea of what that looks like. When parents split, it is often difficult for both parents to spend the same amount of time with their kids. However, by creating a strong and fair child custody plan, both parents still get to take part in their child’s life.
The Burlington child custody lawyers at Miller Law Group, P.C. help clients throughout Massachusetts work out their divorce while helping them draft a parenting plan that works for both of them—and, ultimately, is best for the child. Our team of attorneys can help you create an agreement that avoids months of painful, damaging litigation that puts your family's peace and well-being at risk.
Let our team guide you through this. Call our Burlington child custody attorneys today at (781) 328-1110 for a free consultation!
Crafting Parenting Plans During Divorce
Child custody is usually a source of contention for divorcing parents. There are many cases where both parents want full custody of the child, and both parents want a voice in all aspects of how their child will be raised. What's best for your child is for both parents to come together and draft their own agreement. Litigation (the parent v. parent scenario most people think of when they think of a child custody case) puts parents in the unfortunate situation of questioning whether the other parent is good for their child. However, if you cannot come to an agreement with your spouse, then the court will create a child custody agreement for you.
Massachusetts judges and courts will consider the following factors for child custody agreements:
- Which parent is more involved in the child’s daily life
- The age of the children
- Where the parents live
- The stability of each parent’s household
- What the child wants, if age-appropriate
If you want to have a stronger say in how your child is raised and lives their life, our firm recommends cooperation between parents. Working together to craft an agreement is not only faster and more cost-effective, but it often creates a plan that both parties are happier with. Most importantly, you'll avoid a courtroom battle that might traumatize your child or damage your relationship with them. Crafting an agreement together is proof that you'll be able to co-parent effectively in the future.
The Different Types of Child Custody in Massachusetts
There are different types of child custody plans that a parent can be granted during a child custody agreement. Some of the child custody plans include the following:
- Legal Custody: This describes the ability to provide input on how the child should be raised. Legal custody includes decisions about religious upbringing, education, healthcare, and other vital topics.
- Physical Custody: This describes where the children will live or spend most of their time. Physical custody is sometimes another term for where the child makes their "primary residence."
- Joint Custody: Joint custody is when parents share either physical or legal custody. Barring specific circumstances, most courts recognize that it benefits the child to have both parents in their life, so they'll usually grant joint legal custody.
- Sole Custody: Sole custody is when one parent has either legal or physical custody over their child. It's not uncommon for parents to share legal custody while one parent has sole physical custody.
Call Our Burlington Child Custody Attorneys Today!
A few times a week, our firm gets together to discuss each attorney's caseload. By discussing each case together, we're able to explore each legal problem from every possible angle. Not only do you get the guidance of one of our experienced attorneys, but you will also get the collective insight and experience of every attorney in our firm. We keep you well informed during your case, and we will guide you every step of the way.
Our job as lawyers is not just to know the law; it's to understand your goals and help you navigate the law to get to the best possible result for your needs. An experienced child custody attorney at Miller Law Group, P.C. can help you achieve your goals with your parenting plan, whatever they are. We are always ready to protect your child’s future while helping you navigate this difficult process.
Contact our Burlington child custody lawyers today for a free consultation at (781) 328-1110!