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Legal Information: Massachusetts

Massachusetts Custody

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Laws current as of
December 11, 2019


This section has state-specific information about child custody in Massachusetts. It will cover topics such as the difference between legal and physical custody, sole and joint custody, paternity, grandparent visitation, and how domestic violence affects custody decisions under Massachusetts law. It will also include information about the factors a judge considers (“best interest factors”), the steps for filing for custody in Massachusetts, modifying a custody order, taking a child out of the state, and more.

If you don’t find the information that you are looking for, or if you have further questions, please feel free to send us your question on our Email Hotline. In our general Custody page, we have information about custody that is not specific to any state. The page includes a section about how to try to transfer your custody case to a new state where you are living so that you can modify the custody order from your new state.