Legal Information: Massachusetts

Custody

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Updated: 
October 24, 2018

What options are there for physical custody?

A court may award one parent sole physical custody, or both parents shared physical custody.

  • Sole physical custody means the child will live with one parent and be under that parent’s supervision. The other parent will be allowed to visit with the child, unless the court decides that visitation would not be in the best interest of the child.
  • Shared physical custody means the child will split his/her time between both parents’ homes. The time will be split so that the child will have a lot of contact with both parents.1

1 M.G.L.A. 208 § 31