Custody Articles


Considering Same-Sex Adoption

All 50 states allow same-sex adoption provided one member of the couple is already the child’s birth or adoptive parent. Massachusetts allows second-parent or co-parent adoptions for unmarried couples. Same-sex or opposite-sex married or unmarried couples under...

Protecting Disabled Parents’ Custody Rights

Disabled parents often face an uneven playing field advancing their rights in child custody disputes. Massachusetts lawmakers last week heard advocates for disabled parents’ rights. They appeared to testify to endorse a proposed law protecting against such...

Guardianship versus Adoption

Caregiver, guardian and adoptive parent are terms in the lexicon describing adults who oversee the welfare of minor children. Each status, however, imparts different levels of responsibility for the minor’s well-being and varying degrees of court involvement. The...