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Fathers may apply for child support

Some Massachusetts fathers may have considered filing for child support. However, there might still be a perception in some circles that usually only mothers ask for child support. The biological father of Bristol Palin's second child was criticized for asking for child support even though he is not currently caring for the child.

Assets and divorce in Massachusetts

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control, 3.2 out of every 1,000 Americans went through a divorce in 2014. January is generally considered to be a popular month for divorce because the beginning of a new year is considered a good time to get a fresh start. However, how a Massachusetts resident handles a divorce is more important than when it occurs.

How divorce timing can impact Social Security benefits

Many retired Massachusetts residents rely on Social Security benefits to make ends meet. The amount of benefits people qualify for is determined by their earnings history, but the Social Security Administration has provisions in place to protect the interests of divorced spouses who have sacrificed careers in order to focus on parenting and other family matters. While divorced spouses may qualify for up to half of the benefits earned by their former husbands or wives, they must meet strict requirements in order to qualify.

Co-parenting after a divorce

Many parents who divorce in Massachusetts have trouble co-parenting. Although the divorce order may award joint custody to both parents, the parents could have difficulty arranging schedules and making parental decisions together. When parents cannot communicate effectively after a divorce, their disagreements could lead to more court proceedings.

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