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Macri v. Macri, 96 Mass. App. Ct. 362 (2019): In a divorce proceeding, a Probate and Family Court judge did not abuse her discretion in modifying a child custody order to grant sole legal custody to the mother, where the father's failure to effectively communicate with the wife regarding the child's education and otherwise act in the child's best interests in the time since joint custody was ordered constituted a material change in circumstances and was sufficient to support the change in custody.
Yannas v. Frondistou-Yannas, 395 Mass. 704 (1985): This court rejected an assertion by a party to a divorce proceeding that, in matters of custody of minor children, the law of the Commonwealth favors or should presumptively favor joint physical custody.
In a divorce proceeding in which custody of the parties' two minor children was in issue, the evidence warranted the judge's conclusion that awarding physical custody to the wife was in the best interests of each child.
In a divorce proceeding in which custody of the parties' two minor children was in issue, the judge did not err in admitting in evidence the report of the guardian ad litem he appointed under G. L. c. 215, Section 56A, to make a report concerning the care and custody of the minor children, where the guardian testified and was available for cross-examination, and where the judge did not rely solely on her recommendation.
In a divorce proceeding, the judge did not abuse his discretion in not accepting the conclusions of a psychologist appointed as an expert under Mass. R. Dom. Rel. P. 35, on motion of the husband, to examine the wife.