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Preparing for divorce

Even in the most amicable of situations, divorce in Massachusetts is hard in a variety of ways. Not only are couples affected financially, but there are also social and mental consequences that accompany the process. Those who are prepared before filing will have a better outcome and recover quicker than those who stick their head in the sand.

Child support modifications

Divorced parents in Massachusetts may encounter life changes during the course of taking care of their children. When this occurs, one or both sides may seek modifications to a current child support agreement depending on the specific circumstances.

Domestic violence and divorce

Domestic violence in Massachusetts is a serious problem, and women who experience abuse in their marriage need to make an escape plan. Preparing for safety is priority number one, especially if there are children involved. However, women also need to plan in other ways, such as financially, as going through a divorce can be challenging even in the best circumstances.

What is separate support?

Married individuals in Massachusetts who feel their spouse is not supporting them appropriately may want to file for separate support. While legal separation is not an option in the state, separate support is one way to decide on similar issues as one would in a divorce without terminating the marriage.

Property division in Massachusetts

Couples in Massachusetts who are going through a divorce commonly spend a lot of energy and time determining how to divide up their property and other assets. Both parties should do proper research about what types of assets should be considered in order for there to be a fair outcome.

Alimony laws in Massachusetts

Couples who are getting divorced in Massachusetts should understand alimony laws in the state so it is fair for both parties. Alimony is financial support that is paid to the other spouse for a certain period of time, and it is determined by the court.

Changing child custody arrangements

Divorced parents in Massachusetts spend a lot of time determining the best custody arrangements for their children. Based on a number of factors the parents, or court, decides on an agreement that serves the child's needs in the most effective way. Overtime, one or both of the parents may want to change the arrangement, and there are different considerations for this to occur.

Responsible ways to resolve holiday parenting time disputes

With the holiday weekend finally before us, there are so many family friendly things to experience. Some will take time to see “Despicable Me 3.” Others will plan outings to the beach, while others will enjoy the simplicity of just doing nothing and let the weekend decide what to do.

Does unpaid child support have tax consequences?

On this blog, we have gone over some of the ways that family law issues can affect taxes. For example, if you and your spouse divorce, your filing status may change, and you could be impacted in many other ways. In Leominster, and in other cities throughout the state of Massachusetts, there are other tax-related matters that may arise following a divorce. For example, if you are obligated to make child support payments and fall behind, you could face tax consequences.

Studies show joint custody beneficial for children

For parents in Massachusetts who divorce, shared parenting might be the solution that is best for the child. Several decades of both national and international studies support this view. "Shared parenting," or joint physical custody, is generally defined as children spending more than 35 percent of their time with each parent. This is in contrast to one parent, usually the mother, having primary physical custody and the child visiting the other parent, often the father, only occasionally. Increasingly, experts believe that this intermittent contact is damaging to the parent-child relationship.

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