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Child Custody Attorney
in Norfolk, Middlesex, Plymouth Suffolk Counties, Massachusetts

Representation Focused on The Children

The Norfolk County divorce and child custody law firm of Paul C. Bishop keep your child’s needs first in divorce settlements. Child custody issues can become contentious when parents’ fears and egos take control of the process. He has experience handling hundreds of divorce cases that involved complex child custody and support matters.

Attorney Paul C. Bishop takes a compassionate view of parents’ needs, including helping his clients see how their child custody decisions today will affect their families in the future. He can advise ways to find negotiated resolutions to custody and visitation issues and believes that an expensive custody battle in court rarely meets the long-term needs of the children or the spouses.

Questions about your specific child custody situation? Contact his Norwood firm today!

Joint Legal Custody and Physical Custody

An amicable child custody agreement often includes shared responsibility for meeting the physical and emotional needs of the child. Sometimes, however, shared responsibility is not appropriate, and it is necessary for one parent to stand firm for sole custody. Attorney Paul C. Bishop has the experience and resources to present a strong case for sole custody, including the termination of parental rights of the opposing parent, if appropriate.

I want to help you protect your children. Contact me today to create a plan of action.

Parenting Plans

In Massachusetts, noncustodial parents retain parenting time and visitation rights, regardless of the status of their child support obligations. In addition, grandparents and others who are proven to have played an important role in the child’s upbringing may secure visitation rights. Attorney Paul C. Bishop represents non-custodial parents and other individuals who are fighting for their rights to visit their children.

Child Support

Generally, child support in Massachusetts is based on the income of the noncustodial parent. There may be other factors taken into consideration, including military service and extraordinary visitation expenses. Child support obligations are in place to minimize the economic impact on the child and to encourage joint parenting following a divorce. Child support is not a tax-deductible expense for the noncustodial parent. In the event the noncustodial parent is unable to meet child support obligations, it is often possible to modify the support order or settlement, as well.

Need To Discuss Your Child Custody Matter?

Attorney Paul C. Bishop will fully explain how child custody laws affect your pending divorce or how we can handle a custody modification. Contact him to schedule a consultation.