A Common-Sense Approach To Child Custody

Agreeable Whenever Possible, Assertive Whenever Necessary

Children are the focal point for many individuals who face divorce or the end of a non-marital relationship. Maintaining a strong parental relationship is a key concern, whether you will be the custodial parent or not. I am Rebecca E. Rogers, a Massachusetts family law attorney with more than 10 years of experience representing clients in the full range of family law matters.

I understand the emotions that are connected to child custody concerns. I have extensive experience working with fathers and mothers in cases that were highly combative, as well as situations in which both parents work together to reach agreement on an effective parenting plan. Not surprisingly, those who work together usually develop a strategy that is best for the child and one that eliminates the stress and, frankly, the cost of prolonged child custody litigation.

If married parents file for divorce, they will usually have temporary shared legal custody of any children. However, courts can award sole legal or physical custody to one parent if evidence of past abuse or other concerns warrant such a decision.

I always strive to help my clients reach agreement on custody matters outside of court. Unfortunately, I am aware that this is not always possible. If reaching a fair agreement on a parenting plan is not possible, I am always prepared to advocate for my clients in court.

Understanding Legal And Physical Custody

In Massachusetts, parents who are ending their relationship must determine physical custody as well as legal custody. The former refers to where a child will spend his or her days and nights. The latter determines who will have the right to make primary decisions regarding the child's health, education, religious practices and other significant aspects of life. Physical and legal custody may be shared equally. Massachusetts courts always keep the best interests of the child in mind when determining these important decisions.

If the court is left to determine custody, it considers a number of factors, including:

  • The child's health emotionally, physically and mentally
  • The child's present living conditions
  • The child's relationship with each parent
  • The parent's mental and physical health
  • Each parent's involvement in their child's life while both parents were still together

Your Custody Matter Deserves The Experience I Bring To The Table

Of all of the matters you will address in divorce, child custody and visitation are among the most emotional and important. The lawyer you select to represent you will play an important role in the outcome. Put your case in the hands of someone who is experienced, empathetic and prepared to advocate aggressively on your behalf.

Call 978-957-7300 or use the online contact form on this website to schedule a free consultation. I will answer your questions and provide you a realistic assessment of what you might expect. I work with clients throughout Essex and Middlesex counties and the surrounding counties. For my clients' convenience, I have offices in Lynnfield and North Reading.