Parental Fitness or Best Interests of the Child? Balancing the Interests of Parent and Child in Custody Disputes

How does a court determine who gets custody of a child? “Parental fitness” and “the best interests of the child” are standards that are used together to make custody and guardianship decisions in Massachusetts. See Veronica Serrato, “Case Comment: Best interests of the child versus unfitness of the parent: Unraveling the intertwinement,” 94 Mass. L.R. […]