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What happens if a child's custodial parent dies

Massachusetts parents who are divorced might wonder who would get custody of the child if the custodial parent died. Generally, the noncustodial parent will get custody although if that parent is the father, it is necessary for paternity to have been established. This means that either the father has signed a formal acknowledgement of paternity or his name is on the birth certificate. If this is not the case, then the father will need to follow state law in establishing paternity in order to get custody.

Reasons child support may be modified

Children in Massachusetts and elsewhere in America are generally entitled to receive support until they reach the age of majority. When parents separate or divorce, a court may mandate support payments even if neither party requested them. However, if a parent does initially request child support, he or she may wish to stop the payments in the future.

Putting children first in divorces

Divorces are difficult for most people in Massachusetts who go through them, including children. When parents decide to divorce, it is important that they keep their children's needs and emotional well-being at the forefront so that they may be better able to adjust.

Divorce rates for older adults

Divorce is becoming more common for individuals in Massachusetts and around the country who are 50 or older. According to the National Center for Health Statistics and the United States Census Bureau, the 2015 divorce rate for individuals in that age group was 10 per every 1,000 married persons, an increase from five per every 1,000 in 1990.

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