Handling the business of parenting with an ex-spouse can be difficult, especially if the divorce was contentious. The children also may be affected emotionally and physically by the divorce. However, divorced parents in Massachusetts should know that their children may benefit from a relatively new form of co-parenting called nesting.
As awareness of child abuse in Massachusetts and elsewhere increases, more reports of possible abuse are being made. While this may be an effective way to protect children, not all reports are accurate or can be substantiated. In some cases, these claims are made by those going through a divorce who wish to influence the outcome of a child custody case.
Many myths about the divorce rate make Massachusetts couples who are having problems feel like it is easier to give up as so many unions seemingly fail. One may want to instead look at the specific reasons that the marriage is failing, as sometimes things can be worked out.
In the spring, divorced parents in Massachusetts should start thinking ahead to their summer plans. There may be a number of changes in children's schedules with more and different activities in comparison to the regular school year. Writing specific summer vacation plans into the parenting plan can help prevent conflict.
Retirement accounts are one type of property some Massachusetts couples may need to divide in a divorce. To divide retirement accounts, it is necessary to complete paperwork to ensure that tax penalties are not levied. For an individual retirement account, a transfer incident is necessary. For an employer-sponsored plan or a 401(k), a Qualified Domestic Relations Order must be prepared.
Divorce affects more than the two spouses that are going their separate ways, especially when children are involved. While Massachusetts parents are drawing up their custody and visitation arrangements and going through mediation or litigation to finalize orders, grandparents often have their own concerns about their grandchildren.
As more and more people postpone having children, embryo freezing has been increasing in popularity. The process of freezing an embryo means that an egg is fertilized through in vitro fertilization by either a partner’s or a donor’s sperm. The embryo is then frozen until the woman or the couple is ready to be pregnant. Embryo freezing has raised complicated legal and moral dilemmas—many of which have not yet been addressed by the law. One question that has been raised is who gets custody of embryos in a divorce?
An annulment is a declaration by the court that you are not legally married. It is different from a divorce because an annulment means that your marriage was not valid in the first place. Under Massachusetts law, there are only a few legal grounds for an annulment.
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.
Alimony is one of the more important issues for couples going through a divorce. When a person is making monthly payments to their former spouse in order to support them economically, this is known under Massachusetts law as general term alimony. This is ongoing, as opposed to rehabilitative alimony, which is usually for a shorter period after which the recipient is expected to be able to generate their own income.