Legal Information: Massachusetts

Custody

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Updated: 
October 24, 2018

If a judge denies a request for custody, does s/he have to explain why?

The law says that if a judge grants temporary or permanent custody to an abusive parent, either in a custody action or as part of a 209A abuse prevention order, the court must enter written findings explaining why the custody order is in the best interest of the child, even though the other parent is/was abusive.1

1 M.G.L.A. 208 §§ 31; 31A