Beverly Child Custody Lawyer

Child custody is one of the most important, and potentially contentious, aspects of a divorce or estrangement. Often, both parents want to spend as much time as possible with their children, and this desire can be the source of much misunderstanding and hostility.

In Massachusetts, family courts favor child custody arrangements that are in the "best interest" of the child. Many complicated guidelines inform child custody decisions, but it is safe to say that judges tend to award custody to parents when they are able to provide love, comfort, stability and material support to their children.

What level of custody can you obtain? At the Law Office of Mary Jo Pothier, our lawyer answers that question fully, honestly and realistically for individuals in Essex, Middlesex and Suffolk counties. Whether you seek to be the primary parent to your child or to share your parental responsibilities jointly with the other parent, we can help you to obtain a level of child custody that is consistent with the law, your needs and your child's best interests.

Can I Get Sole Custody Of My Child?

Many parents come to us hoping to obtain sole custody. While this is sometimes an attainable goal, the foremost consideration is what is in the best interests of the child or children, and a parenting plan is crafted accordingly.

This is because it is considered important for children to have strong relationships with both of their parents. Likewise, it is typical for both parents to have the right to make important decisions affecting the child's well-being.

There are times when a parent's behavior puts a child at risk. In these circumstances, we can help you to seek emergency custody on a temporary basis with the goal of achieving sole custody through a judgment by the family court.

Discuss Your Options For Custody And Visitation In A Courtesy Consultation

Mary Jo Pothier has more than 15 years of experience advocating for family law clients. Meet with her, and she will discuss — frankly and openly — your personal priorities and options for obtaining custody of your child under Massachusetts law. Whether your goals can be reached through negotiation or courtroom litigation, you can count on her to be your honest and forthright adviser and ally.

For more information, or to schedule a courtesy initial consultation with our Beverly child custody attorney, contact us in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts, at 978-927-9298.