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More forms of cheating than physical or emotional

In Massachusetts, many couples find their relationships on the rocks due to some form of cheating. Whether one partner slept around or even sent lewd texts to another person, infidelity is considered grounds for divorce in this state. But there is a hidden form of cheating that is often looked over: financial. While it may not seem as serious, financial infidelity could ultimately lead to the end of a marriage.

What is an “irretrievable breakdown” of a marriage?

You’ve probably heard the phrase on the entertainment news shows…a famous celebrity couple has filed for divorce due to “irreconcilable differences” or an “irretrievable breakdown” of their marriage. The latter term is used in Massachusetts. But what exactly does the term mean? 

Does Massachusetts recognize grandparents' rights to visitation?

Massachusetts recognizes that maintaining the relationship between children and their grandparents is appropriate when it is in the best interests of the children to do so. Grandparents’ rights to visitation are not, however, without limitations and restrictions.

The basics of establishing paternity

When you are in a married or long-term, committed relationship, it is often assumed by the couple, and the courts, that paternity is well-established. More often than this, this issue won’t arise in a relationship. But if the biological fatherhood of a child is uncertain, all sorts of problems can arise. This does not just include the obvious child support payment issue. There are higher stakes that could be prevalent, such as naming an heir, adoption and others.

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