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    Massachusetts Law And Step-Parent Adoption

    Massachusetts law allows step-parents to adopt their spouse’s child under certain circumstances through an independent adoption. The first step in the adoption process is to file a petition in probate court. If the non-custodial biological parent consents then the court will simply finalize the adoption if the step-parent is eligible to adopt. Ineligible step-parents include those who have not lived in the state for more than six months. If the other parent contests the petition, then asking the court to terminate the parental rights of the other biological parent is the next step. Termination of parental rights is allowable if […]

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    Parenting Time

    Divorce can be a stressful time. When children are involved, the experience can be even harder. Figuring out where the child or children will live often transitions into disagreements and arguments, particularly if both parents want sole custody of the children or if one parent feels like he or she is not getting fair visitation rights. Massachusetts law concerning child custody and visitation is pretty clear-cut. First of all, if the parents were married, unless a judge has said otherwise, both parents temporarily share custody of the child until a permanent decision is made by the court. If the parents […]

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