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Massachusetts parents may struggle with child custody issues

Divorce can bring up a lot of difficult subjects that can take time, compromise and the ability to communicate effectively to figure out. For divorcing parents in Massachusetts, one of the hardest parts of the divorce will be figuring out child custody issues. One child psychologist in particular would suggest that for those with very young children that overnight visits with Dad should be restricted until after age five. Obviously, this belief isn't sitting well with divorcing dads.

The reasoning behind this belief that young children should remain with their mother, especially at night, is simply that it is stated to be in the child's best interest. The psychologist strongly believes that forcing children to alternate their schedule isn't fair to the child. Father advocacy groups disagree.

These Fathers' groups believe that limiting access children have with either parent, at any age, is damaging to children. Denying children the access to either parent limits their ability to form secure connections with both parents. Simply put, they believe that, regardless of the child's age, both parents should remain an active participant in their child's life.

At the end of the day, parents may be the only people who can make the best decision for their family. What may work for one family may not work for another. Child custody issues, though they can be complex, can still be determined with both the child's and parents' best interests at heart. As with anything that is new, trial and error can allow parents to see what works and what doesn't. If needed, Massachusetts parents can always modify child custody arrangements until they find what works best for their family.

Source:, "Attention Divorced Moms: Keep Your Kids Away From Your Ex", Jenny Erikson, June 17, 2014

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