Custody

Strong Advocates For Your Parental Rights

When deciding matters like child custody, a judge will prioritize the “best interests” of the children involved. As a parent, you know your child’s needs better than anyone. So how can you ensure those needs are properly represented in a court of law? At O’Connor Family Law, our attorneys have extensive experience helping families resolve custody and related issues, especially in complex disputes. We make sure you and your child both have a strong advocate to obtain the best result possible.

Custody

When parents enter into a divorce, custody must be established, which defines the legal relationship between each parent and the children. Massachusetts and Rhode Island both distinguish between two types of custody: physical custody – where a child primarily resides –  and legal custody – which appoints major decision-making rights over the child’s health, education, religion, and welfare to one or both parents. There are a number of factors that a Court will consider when deciding custody.  O’Connor Family Law can help strategize your case to help you obtain the custody you are seeking.

Parenting Schedules or Visitation

Hand-in-hand with physical custody comes a parenting schedule (also called a visitation schedule).  We will help you devise a parenting schedule that will delineate what days, weeks, or months of the year each child will spend with you and the other parent that will fit best with your life.  Parenting schedules can get very creative if you and the other parent are willing to work together.  If you and the other parent are unable to agree upon a schedule, we have no problem bringing your best arguments to the Judge to fight for the parenting schedule you believe is in your child’s best interest.  Our attorneys can discuss with you how to obtain the best result possible in consideration with the specific facts of your case.

Child Support

Child support involves regular payments from one parent to the other parent for the benefit of the minor children. A parenting schedule can directly influence child support. State guidelines typically use predetermined calculations to arrive at an amount, weighing factors such as the incomes of both parents, as well as expenses related to healthcare or daycare. It is possible to deviate the child support amount upwards or downwards from the guidelines in certain instances.  Our Firm can help you determine what you might expect to pay or receive in child support pursuant to your individual situation.

NOTE: There was a significant update to the Massachusetts child support guidelines. Click here for an overview.

When you need an assertive advocate in matters of custody, parenting schedules/visitation, and child support, O’Connor Family Law is here to help. We can also offer legal recourse in the event of parental alienation (where one parent is acting in a manner to cut off the other parent’s relationship with the children). Give us a call to schedule an appointment to discuss how our Firm can help your situation improve.