Norfolk Child Custody Lawyer

Protecting Your Child's Best Interests in Custody Cases

Mother and Daughter

Child custody can be a contentious topic, and custody disputes often arise in paternity, divorce, and the subject of many modification actions. At Angel Burke Law, our Norfolk County child custody lawyer has more than 15 years of experience and has successfully handled many custody cases. Attorney Angel Burke provides the sound advice his clients require and strongly advocates for them in, and out, of court.

How is Child Custody Determined in MA?

If parents are unable to agree on the parenting time of their children, the custody of the children will be determined by a judge who is a complete stranger to both parties.

When determining child custody, the court will first consider the best interests of the child in making their decision. What that decision is can be different in every case and typically based on limited representations of the parties when before the judge. This can be scary and go “sideways” very quickly unless you are prepared and confident. An experienced attorney will help you.

Please contact us at (508) 300-9788 to speak with a knowledgeable child custody attorney. Based in Medway, serving Norfolk County, including Millis, Dover, Franklin, Walpole, and Bellingham.

Types of Child Custody in Massachusetts

The most common types of custody include:

  • Joint physical custody – Otherwise known as parenting time. Parents share equally the physical custody and care of their children. This can be done in a few different ways, often by alternating on a weekly basis.
  • Joint legal custody – Almost universal in its application by the Courts, both parents retain joint and equal responsibility for the authority to make important decisions pertaining to the child, such as medical, educational, and religious decisions.
  • Sole custody – Only one parent is granted either physical custody and legal custody.

In cases where one parent has a majority of parenting time with a child, it can be considered sole physical custody over the child. In this case, the noncustodial parent usually has parenting time or visitation with the child, as long as such visits are not deemed to be detrimental to the child, as in serious abuse or neglect cases.

Grandparent Rights

Massachusetts law allows for grandparents to petition for visitation rights. Since each situation is unique, it is important to seek advice for your specific circumstances. Our Norfolk County child custody attorney can explain the law as it pertains to your family situation.

If you are involved in a custody dispute, contact our office today at (508) 300-9788 for the legal advice you need.

Why Choose Angel Burke Law?

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    We give personal attention & insightful legal advice to everyone we help.

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    Over 15 Years of Providing Genuine Experience

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    Angel Burke Law works with clients to resolve their legal issues and meet their goals in a cost-effective way.