Custody is the legal decision making power over the health, safety, and welfare of a child. Most courts favor “joint custody” where each parent is afforded equal rights regarding the child, the child’s education, health, and future. However, in some instances, a court will award “sole custody” to a parent if that parent can show that the other parent is unfit. Unfitness to have joint custody can be for many reasons:
- Little to no contact with the child/children
- Little to no support paid for the support of the child/children
- Inability of the parents to communicate or cooperate regarding decisions about the children
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Physical or emotional abuse of the parent or child/children
Our child custody lawyers have years of experience evaluating custody cases and counseling our clients on custody issues in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. With our clients’ input, we systematically gather information and determine our client’s best legal and factual arguments regarding rights to their children.