In Massachusetts there are two types of child custody: legal custody and physical custody. For both types, parents can either have shared or sole custody. Legal custody refers to the important decisions to be made in the child’s life, for example, who is able to make medical decisions for the child, decide where the child goes to school, etc.
Physical custody refers to who the child primarily lives with. If you and your child’s other parent do not agree on legal and physical custody arrangements, the court will make those decisions based on what is in the best interests of the child. It is highly recommended to have a family law attorney represent you in a custody case to best advocate for what you believe is in your child’s best interests and to guide you through the complex process that a custody case can be.