Nothing is more important to a father than his children. There are many people in our society, unfortunately, who feel that a mother should automatically be the primary caretaker of the children. Fortunately, Massachusetts ignores gender-based stereotypes. Our state recognizes that a dad is just as capable of caring for his young ones. Accordingly, our state recognizes the rights of a father as being equal to those of a mother. It is important that dads have an experienced attorney when the time comes to enforce these rights. Our Boston fathers’ rights lawyers have over twenty-five years of combined legal experience and they are ready to assist you. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation. We also assist those in Salem, Dedham, Worcester, Cambridge, and other areas.
Child custody attorneys assisting Boston fathers
The laws of our state view the rights of a father and a mother as equal. This means that the Court will express no preference on the basis of gender. Instead, the Probate and Family Court will begin each case with the presumption that the parents should equally share child custody. If a party wishes to have primary custody then they must convince the judge that such an arrangement is in the child’s best interests. When deciding what is in a child’s best interests, the Court will consider facts which include:
- The wishes of the child (depending on the child’s age and maturity)
- The ability of each parent to meet the child’s needs
- The source of any conflict between the parents
- Whether there is a history of violence between the parties
- The need for the child to maintain a relationship with any siblings
After determining custody and visitation, the Court will also rule on issues such as child support.
A custody case can be part of a divorce or a separate matter if the parents were never married. A Motion will typically be filed, early in the proceedings, to establish a temporary custody and visitation order. This temporary arrangement will give the parents a set structure to follow while the case is pending. A date will be set for trial, at which the Judge will make his or her final decision. Discovery (the process by which information is obtained in litigation) will be used by each side to gather evidence in support of their case. If a settlement cannot be reached then the Judge will issue a final order shortly after trial. It cannot be stressed enough that custody matters can involve complicated issues of fact and law. It is crucial that you retain a lawyer experienced in handling such matters.
Our child custody attorneys assist Boston fathers with asserting their rights. Edward Swan and Sohail Nassiri will use your initial consultation to gain an understanding of your situation and to help you know what it is you should expect from the process. We will quickly file any necessary Motions with the Court and, if the facts warrant it, we will also request an immediate hearing. Once an initial order has been issued then our firm will immediately begin building a case on your behalf. We will use the discovery process to gather information regarding the mother’s fitness to parent. This information can include medical records, financial information, correspondence, arrest reports, etc. We will ensure that you are prepared for trial and our firm will protect your interests from beginning to end. We recognize the importance of a father’s children. We will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us today.
Boston lawyers providing quality service to dads
A dad is already frustrated if he is being denied visitation. He does not need the added stress of an attorney who fails to return their phone calls. This is why our lawyers place an emphasis on client-communication. They promptly respond to emails and messages, they make themselves available to answer questions, and they give clients their cell phone numbers. Edward and Sohail are honored to assist Boston area fathers and they take this responsibility seriously. Contact us today.
We also assist Massachusetts residents in the Middlesex County cities of Cambridge, Lowell, Somerville, and Newton, as well as those in the cities of Salem, Dedham, Worcester, Brockton, Quincy, and Lynn.