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Daughter returned in emotional fathers’ rights case

The majority of child custody cases in Massachusetts and elsewhere center on two parents struggling over the care and control of their shared children. Family courts see a wide range of custody issues, however, and one recent case demonstrates an unusual scenario. The outcome is being viewed as a significant win for fathers’ rights. The case involves a father whose child was adopted without his knowledge or consent. The man is a drill sergeant in the United States Army, and was transferred out-of-state just before his wife was scheduled to give birth to their first child. His wife, however, had different plans, and arranged to put the child up for adoption just days after her husband left the state. She told the adoption agency that her husband had abandoned the family and had no interest in their child. The adoption agency located an adoptive family and placed the child. When the father found out what had happened to his child in June 2011, he contacted the adoption agency and demanded that his child be returned to him. The agency chose to ignore his complaint, and proceeded to finalize the adoption. The father filed for child custody, and in a recent hearing a family court judge ruled that the child must be returned to her father by Jan. 16. While this case is unusual, it does serve as a reminder of the importance of taking immediate and aggressive legal action when one’s parental rights are threatened, in Massachusetts and elsewhere. This

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Child custody should not be a battle

Oftentimes in Massachusetts, father’s rights are overlooked or taken for granted. But most people agree that it is equally important that both parents have a solid influence on the child’s life, despite a divorce. For many, child custody is shared between both parents, with one parent taking on the role of the custodial or primary parent. Still, when it comes to father’s rights, there are many things divorced couples can do to ensure they maintain the best interests of the child through the involvement of both parents. No matter which guardian is the custodial parent, it is important for both sides to work together despite the divorce. Getting a divorce is not something to be ashamed of, but it is important not to use the children as pawns or tools to inflict pain on the ex-partner. Parents will be best served to do their best to maintain a mutual agreement in terms of both the mother’s and the father’s rights. It has been said by many experts that a solid routine is beneficial to children regardless of where they reside. If a custody agreement for parents’ rights includes weekly visitation, it is also considered to be helpful to establish a predictable routine that includes holidays and vacations. It is also imperative that the parents establish and maintain a rule set that coincides with both homes as best as can be done. This allows for open communication when serious issues arise, such as problems at school — without disparity between ‘how

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