Child Custody: Putting Your Children First

Attorney Michael McCarthy's children were young when he went through his own divorce. He knows what it is like to argue over child custody and child support. He knows how draining it can be on everyone involved — and how important it is to shield children from the divorce process as much as possible.

For over 20 years, we at McCarthy Law Offices have focused on helping parents take the right actions to resolve their child custody cases in the least argumentative and most timely manner.

Your children are your most precious possessions, and they grow up quickly. Time with them is more valuable than anything else you could wish to own. That is why it is vital to take the right steps during a divorce, child custody or child support case. We'll help you preserve your time with your children and ensure the resources you and the other parent have for them are used to fulfill their needs.

Determining Child Custody And Visitation

Under Massachusetts law, child custody and visitation are determined using a "best interests of the child" standard. This leaves a lot up to interpretation by the judge, requiring him or her to reward custody to the parent who will better meet the child's needs. No one knows this better than you do. If you and the other parent can find a solution that works for everyone involved, your time with your child will not be dictated by the court.

Unfortunately, there are many situations where one parent simply won't be reasonable or where both parents want physical custody but are unwilling to share it. In these cases, taking your case to court — and potentially to mediation — may be the best and sometimes the only option.

In either case, it can be beneficial to have a lawyer on your side who understands the law and the potential future impact of each decision you make, including:

  • Whether one parent should have sole legal custody (the right to make major decisions about the child, including medical and education decisions) or whether the parents should share it
  • Whether there will be sole or shared physical custody (where the child resides)
  • How visitation rights should work if one parent has sole physical custody
  • How child custody should affect child support
  • Whether other factors play a role in custody, such as prior or current restraining orders or one parent's wish to move out of state

Let Our Family Help Your Family

We are a family practice, created by three family members in 1992. Our goal is to provide the kind of representation we would expect from a family law firm: high accessibility, straightforward advice and compassionate service. Call us today for a free consultation: 617-567-0170. You can also contact us online. Our law office is in East Boston, but we are willing to travel to meet you if you are unable to come to us.