Massachusetts divorce lawyer Nicole K. Levy is guest blogging on Skylark Law & Mediation’s divorce blog, Scaling the Summit, about assumptions parties, lawyers and judges make about legal custody in Massachusetts.
Nicole K. Levy of Lynch & Owens will be guest blogging at Skylark Law & Mediation‘s divorce blog, Scaling the Summit, over the next two weeks. Nicole’s four-part blog series entitled, “4 Common but Incorrect Assumptions about Legal Custody in Massachusetts“, kicks off today with the first entry: Assumption 1 – Access to School & Medical Records. The blog series will review the law surrounding legal custody, with a focus on the common assumptions that Massachusetts parties, attorneys and judges frequently make about legal custody.
The opening paragraph:
There are few family law issues in Massachusetts that inspire more head-scratching confusion and incorrect assumptions than “legal custody”. Unlike physical custody, which focuses on the physical location/residence of the children, legal custody is an abstract idea that purports to embody a parent’s right to participate in a child’s major life decisions. But what rights does legal custody really include? Virtually every custody case in Massachusetts includes an order for legal custody, but few clients, attorneys or even judges seem able to define exactly what the phrase means.
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.