Child Visitation

How long does it take to obtain a Divorce?

How is visitation determined?

The Massachusetts courts generally encourage frequent and continuing contact between children and both parents. The children’s ages and the parents’ schedules are also considered. Visitations might include day time visits, overnight visits, weekend visits, school and summer vacation visits, weekday dinner visits and telephone visits. Usually a parenting plan will take into consideration all of the above in order to fashion a visitation arrangement which will be in the children’s best interests and which will afford the children an opportunity to spend as much time as possible with both parents.

Notwithstanding the above, when there has been abusive, violent, or neglectful behavior by a parent towards a child, there may be no visitation, or visitation may be required to be supervised. Sometimes when a parent, for whatever reason, has not seen a child for a lengthy period of time, the court may require that the initial visits be supervised and then reviewed periodically with the goal of gradually expanding and normalizing visits.

What can I do to enforce a Court Order for child support or visitation?

Once the Court has made a Temporary Order or a Permanent Order, or Judgment, both parties are obligated to comply with the Order. If one side does not comply with the Order, the other side can file a Complaint for Contempt seeking enforcement of the Order, as well as reimbursement for attorney’s fees. Contempts may be filed to enforce all kinds of Court Orders, including but not limited to child support, alimony, visitation, and property division.