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Child Custody


Answers to Common Questions for Never-Married Parents, Hampshire County Probate and Family Court. Information on custody and visitation for unmarried parents.

Child Custody: Family Law Advocacy for Low and Moderate Income Litigants, 2d ed., 2008, chapter 9. Online version of a great book includes information on differences between married and unmarried parents, types of custody arrangements, how a judge decides, changing custody orders, and necessary procedures, including checklists and sample forms.

Child Custody and Visitation, Massachusetts Legal Help. This page includes information hard to find elsewhere, including: If I havent been to court, who has custody of the children?, Visitation Schedules, Visitation and Child Support: Is There a Connection?, and more.

Juvenile Court Department Guidelines for Court Investigator Reports, Committee for Public Counsel Services. Guidelines include the conduct of GAL investigations, appropriate content for GAL reports and more.

Standards for Category F Guardian Ad Litem Investigators, Mass. Probate and Family Court. Standards define the role of a GAL, compensation, professional performance, investigation and reporting requirements.

Yannas v. Frondistou-Yannas, 395 Mass. 704 (1985). In detail, outlines how the best interests of the child are to be determined in deciding a case in which one parent who has sole physical custody wants to move out of state.

Leaving Massachusetts: Family Law Advocacy for Low and Moderate Income Litigants, 2d ed. 2008, Chapter 12. Mass. Legal Services. Online version of a great book, this chapter covers all the details of an action to move out of state with your child, or to prevent the other parent from moving. Includes sample forms.

Planning for Shared Parenting: A Guide for Parents Living Apart, Massachusetts Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC). Particularly helpful is the section which describes optimal arrangements by childs age.

Proud to Parent, Charlie and Barb Asher. Resources for parents who never married each other (not specific to Massachusetts). The site provides advice and information in video form.

Up to Parents, Charlie and Barb Asher. Resources for divorced and divorcing parents (not specific to Massachusetts). The site provides advice and information in video form.

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