Determining the “Best Interests of the Child” in Massachusetts Custody and Out-of-State Removal Actions

Judges in Massachusetts must make custody decisions based on the best interests of the child. How does a judge decide what will be in the best interests of your child?

Child Custody and Moving Out of State

A July 2012 Massachusetts Appeals Court decision, Murphy v. Murphy (No. 11-P-103) emphasized the importance of a “physical custody” designation when a divorced or divorcing parent seeks to move out of state with a child.

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