Father seeking shared physical custody of child

I represented the father of a 12 year old boy who was seeking shared physical custody of him with the boy’s mother. The child was born out of wedlock and the mother had obtained sole physical custody of the child through a Judgment of the Family Court in California in 2005. Since the entry of the Judgment in California, the parties moved to Massachusetts and the boy became very close with his father and they spent a lot of time together. The father was spending at least 50% of the week with the boy. However, the father was potentially liable for thousands of dollars in child support owed to the boy’s mother. The father came to me after growing disillusioned with his first attorney.

Result: I negotiated a settlement of the matter where the father obtained shared physical custody of the boy and neither party owed child support to the other.