Child Custody & Visitation

Our attorneys and staff assist clients in establishing appropriate custody orders for their children, whether through divorce or unmarried parents who are separated.  We will work with you to achieve the best possible outcome while safeguarding your parental rights and protecting your children’s best interests.

Visitation (also called parenting time) is the non-custodial parent’s time to spend with his or her child.  For example, if one parent is awarded physical custody of the child, then the other parent may have visitation with the child every other weekend and/or on certain weeknights.  A visitation order may be relatively simple or quite complex, depending on the unique needs of your family.  A custody and visitation agreement or order will also typically involve a determination of child support.

We routinely assist clients in establishing and advocating appropriate visitation orders (also called parenting plans) for their children.  A visitation order may be entered with the Court as part of a divorce, or by parents who are separated and unmarried.  Our attorneys and staff will work with you to safeguard your parental rights while protecting your children’s best interests.

If a child is born to unmarried parents, the biological mother and biological father must file an acknowledgment of paternity with the appropriate court.  If the mother is not in agreement, the biological father can file a complaint for paternity.  Whether by way of an acknowledgment of paternity, or complaint to establish paternity, the parties may then seek appropriate orders of custody, visitation, and support.

In addition to traditional litigation, our licensed family law mediators can work with both parties to find an equitable and respectful resolution to their custody and visitation dispute.

Charles River Law Partners, LLC represents clients in Suffolk County, Middlesex County, Essex County, Norfolk County, Plymouth County, Bristol County, Worcester County, Hampden County, and Franklin County.
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