Custody Dispute Lawyer in Jamaica Plain
Custody disputes arise between both non-married and married parents. There are two types of custody: legal and physical. Legal custody involves making major decisions regarding the child’s welfare, including matters of education, medical care (physical and emotional),and moral and religious development. Physical custody involves where the child resides. Parents can share legal custody and/or physical custody.
In custody cases, the Court will often appoint a professional to investigate the facts, known as a Guardian Ad Litem or GAL. A GAL may be a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, or a lawyer. When the judge appoints a GAL, they may ask for a recommendation from the GAL. The appointment of and cooperation with the GAL can be very important to the determination of the outcome.