Protect Your Relationship With Your Child
At the Massachusetts family law firm of Davis & Davis, P.C., our goal is to help clients make informed, cost-effective decisions while diligently protecting their relationships with their children. Our founding lawyer, Patricia Davis, has more than 20 years of experience in family and divorce law in Middlesex County and throughout the surrounding area.
Conducting A Cost-Benefit Analysis Can Help Resolve Custody Disputes
Sometimes a parent’s desire for primary custody is financially motivated. For instance, if a father cannot afford to pay $800 a week in child support, he may be determined to fight for custody as a way of reducing the support payments.
This means that one key to resolving many custody disputes is to conduct a cost-benefit analysis. The cost of a full-blown custody battle can potentially nullify any financial benefit a parent would gain from winning custody. If we must litigate a dispute, it entails numerous expenses, including hiring a guardian ad litem to determine what is in the child’s best interests.
Understanding the true cost — both financial and emotional — of taking a child custody case to trial can often prompt compromise.
Develop A Customized Solution That Fits Your Family’s Needs
At Davis & Davis, P.C., we look carefully at the roles both parents have played to this point, asking questions such as:
- Who makes breakfast, lunch and dinner?
- Who gets the children ready for bed?
- Who does the children’s laundry?
- Who goes grocery shopping?
- Who attends the student-teacher conferences at school?
- Who schedules regular checkups with the pediatrician?
- Who attends the children’s sporting events?
Often, it turns out that one parent has consistently been shouldering the primary burden of care. This is significant because the court’s goal is to maintain the status quo to the fullest extent possible under the circumstances. Of course, some things will have to change. Perhaps the father will relocate to an apartment or the mother will move into a different wing of the house.
In every case, our Middlesex County attorneys work hard to create parenting plans that fit the unique needs of each family. We are skilled at developing nontraditional solutions that are truly in the best interests of all the parties involved.
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Request a consultation by calling Davis & Davis, P.C., at 978-276-9051 or email our North Reading office.