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Ryan Dorsey, Naya Rivera reach temporary child custody agreement

For parents, there are few divorce matters quite as important as custody. Since reaching a child custody agreement is usually a priority, many Massachusetts parents reach an agreeable solution before their divorce is even finalized. Actress Naya Rivera and her soon-to-be ex-husband Ryan Dorsey recently handled their child custody matter in this way and agreed to a temporary arrangement while they continue to work out the details of their divorce.

The couple married in July 2014 and share a 2-year-old son. Rivera initially filed divorce papers in Nov. 2016 and requested that she be given primary custody of their son, but then sought a dismissal in Sept. 2017. The couple's apparent attempt to reconcile did not last long, though.

In Nov. 2017, Rivera was arrested on domestic battery charges for an incident between her and Dorsey. She then made a second divorce filing in early Dec. 2017 and requested joint custody of their son. They recently reached a temporary custody plan that gives both Rivera and Dorsey joint physical and legal custody, which will allow them to both make important decisions regarding their son's life and to share their time with him.

A temporary child custody agreement can be a smart approach for most parents. Divorce can be a lengthy process that requires ongoing time, dedication and attention, and it is not always possible to wait until proceedings are over to implement a custody plan. By agreeing to a temporary agreement early on, Massachusetts parents can be sure that their children's best interests are always looked out for.

Source: usmagazine.com, "Naya Rivera and Ryan Dorsey Agree to Joint Custody of Son Josey", Nicholas Hautman, Dec. 29, 2017

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