Mothers’ Child Custody Rights in Massachusetts

After a divorce, courts will generally prefer that parents be awarded joint child custody of children. Mothers, unless they are found unfit, will usually share physical child custody and legal child custody with the biological father. Typically in joint custody situations, children may live in either parent’s home, but they will have liberal child visitation with the other. In this situation, parents must work together and consult each other in making any major decisions regarding the child’s life.

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