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How do I show the judge it is in my child’s best interest for me to have custody?

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed July 2023

Judges decide which parent should have custody based on your “child’s best interest.” They give custody to the parent who meets your child’s needs best.

If you want the judge to give custody to you, you must show them it is in your child’s best interest for you to have custody. You show the judge by presenting evidence:


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