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Factors to determine best interest of the child in Massachusetts divorce

Typical factors to determine the best interest of the child in many Massachusetts divorce cases are:

  • Child’s age and health
  • Health of the parents
  • Stability and lifestyle of the parents
  • Child’s adjustment to the community and school
  • Parents’ ability to provide for the child’s needs
  • Relationship the child has with each parent
  • Any disabilities of the child or parents
  • Child’s preference, if he or she is an appropriate age to voice a preference

If the divorce court considers a child’s preference, it must decide whether the child’s preference is in his or her best interests.



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