In Massachusetts, shared legal custody is presumed by the courts unless there’s evidence of misconduct by one of the parties. Generally, means abuse by one party or a total inability of the parties to communicate. When allocating visitation time with the child, the court considers each parents time available to be with the child, i.e. work schedules, children's schedules, and vacation schedules. It’s generally rare that a parent be given sole physical custody with no contact from the other parent.
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