Massachusetts divorce courts determine child custody by the key legal standard of what’s in the best interest of the child. Typically, divorce courts like to assign joint child custody, if possible, so the child can continue a relationship with both parents after divorce.
When determining child custody, the Massachusetts divorce court will consider:
- Happiness and welfare of the child
- If the child’s past or present living conditions affect physical, mental, moral or emotional health
- Abuse of alcohol or drugs
- Desertion of the child
- Parent’s ability to cooperate in matters concerning the child