Burke Levy, P.C.

Don't let alienation impact your child custody arrangement

Divorce is an understandably emotional process for everyone involved. Between ending a marriage, dealing with asset division and reaching a settlement everyone can agree on, it is easy to see how emotions can run high. This is especially true during child custody matters, when it can be easy for parents to forget that custody arrangements should focus on their child's best interests.

Custody is one of the most contested issues during divorce in Massachusetts. Many parents fear losing access to their child, and unfortunately handle this by acting irrationally. Because of this, parental alienation -- which involves one parent turning a child against another -- is not uncommon.

If you have experienced alienation as a result of asking for a fair share of parenting time, you understand just how difficult it can be. You might have to deal with limited visitations or unfair modifications of your current custody agreement. Not only can you lose out on precious time with your child, but he or she might suffer the ill effects of losing access to a parent.

Family law in Massachusetts can be complicated, which can make contentious child custody matters even more convoluted. Many parents who attempt to settle their own custody issues quickly find that the issue is far more complex than they ever realized, and that without representation they are at a distinct disadvantage. To ensure that a child's best interests is at the center of custody arrangement while also respecting both parent's desire to be present, it is usually best to approach child custody under the careful guidance of an experienced counsel.

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