Massachusetts divorce lawyer Nicole K. Levy guest blogs on legal custody at Skylark Law & Mediation’s divorce blog, Scaling the Summit, with her forth and final entry in the series, “Assumption 4 of 4 – Presumption of Shared Legal Custody”.
Nicole’s four-part blog series is entitled, “4 Common but Incorrect Assumptions about Legal Custody in Massachusetts“. The final installment of the series, which explores common misconceptions about legal custody in Massachusetts, will be posted later this week. Nicole’s third entry is Assumption 4 – Presumption of Shared Legal Custody. Here is a snippet:
Finally, an assumption about legal custody in Massachusetts that is supported by some law! The Massachusetts divorce statute does indeed make shared legal custody for married parents presumptive at the temporary order stage …. However, nothing in the statute says that shared legal custody is presumptive for parents when they finally get divorced. Despite the statute’s limitation to temporary orders affecting still-married parents, it is fair to say that Massachusetts probate court judges carry a heavy preference for granting shared legal custody to divorced parents.
Check out the full series:
Table of Contents for this Blog
- Assumption 1 – Access to School & Medical Records
- Assumption 2 – Consent to Medical Treatment
- Assumption 3 – The Shared Custody “Veto Power”
- Assumption 4 – Presumption of Shared Legal Custody
About the Author: Nicole K. Levy is a Massachusetts divorce lawyer and Massachusetts family law attorney for Lynch & Owens, located in located in Hingham, Massachusetts and East Sandwich, Massachusetts. She is also a mediator for South Shore Divorce Mediation.