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July 2016 Archives

Determining child custody

When Massachusetts parents are unable to make a child custody agreement on their own, the next step cold be a courtroom. The first standard a judge uses in making a custody decision is that of the primary caretaker. It is believed that a child bonds deeply with the primary caretaker and the preservation of that bond is crucial in ensuring healthy child development.

Divorce after 50 can be difficult for women

While the overall divorce rate in Massachusetts and across the United States has declined and stabilized since the 1980s, divorce among individuals over the age of 50 is on the rise. In fact, statistics show that divorce rates among older couples doubled between 1990 and 2010. Experts say the phenomenon, known as "gray divorce," impacts the financial security of women more than men, and women divorcees should take protective measures to ensure that they enjoy a stable retirement.

Mediation, collaboration and uncontested divorce

Massachusetts couples who are getting a divorce have options for deciding property division, child custody and support beyond going to court. Mediation, collaboration and an uncontested divorce is often less expensive, less stressful and less time-consuming than litigation. One problem that may arise during litigation is that each person may be angry enough to try to punish the other person through legal means, and this could result in both parties incurring more debt after their divorce than they had to start.

Dividing the family home in a divorce

Massachusetts couples who are heading toward divorce and who own a home together might wonder how they will split it. This can be one of the most difficult aspects of property division, and simply agreeing that one party or the other will get the house as part of the divorce does not remove either spouse from mortgage obligations.

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