Parenting Issues – Legal Custody

There are two components of legal custody: (1) access to information about minor children from doctors, teachers, and other professionals involved with them and (2) involvement in decision-making about significant matters in their lives, such as medical treatment and educational programs. In Massachusetts, the presumption is that parents will share legal custody but this may not be appropriate in certain situations such as those involving physical or emotional abuse of either the other parent or the children or where the parents have demonstrated an inability to communicate and cooperate with each other in promoting the best interest of their children.