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August 2012 Archives

Former wives united in search for husband who owes child support

Generally, if a husband remarries, his first and second wives probably do not communicate often. The first wife may have hard feelings about her former husband remarrying and for this reason may dislike the new wife. However, two former wives of a Massachusetts man contradict this view. Their actions show that women who marry (and divorce) the same man can band together when they share a goal.

One mother's custody arrangement means a childless summer

When parents divorce, agreeing on a child custody arrangement may be the most challenging part of finalizing the split. Families who have worked through this process understand quite well the hardships that come along with child custody arrangements.

Musician's will reveals unique guardianship arrangement

One of the biggest decisions parents may have to make is who will become the guardian of their children should something ever happen to both of them. Parents determining who this person should be may consider siblings, parents, or even older siblings of the child if there is a large age gap between the children. Guardianships of children can greatly influence a child's life as it determines who they will spend most of their time with and which adults will have the right to make decisions affecting their lives if they are young.

Alimony payments can create financial strain

Divorce can bring about lengthy financial arguments. In particular, one financial decision that can take a long time to work out is alimony or spousal support. Alimony refers to money paid by one spouse to another after a divorce. Massachusetts alimony laws changed just last year.

Adoptions by same-sex couples: Importance of state law differences

Massachusetts residents know that the day a family adds an adopted child to their home is very memorable and happy. Leading up to that day, the family has likely spent a lot of time working towards bringing their child home. Adoptions are difficult processes, regardless of where they occur. However, when same-sex couples in states where same-sex marriage or adoption is not recognized choose to adopt, the process is even more difficult.

Civil union considered equal to marriage in Massachusetts

Legal marriage and divorce between a man and a woman has been around for many years and the law has had time to develop around the issues that present during divorce. While there is certainly a wide variety of difference in the details of each state's marriage laws, there is a consistency in the general ideals surrounding the basic foundation of the laws.

Would you consider the Patriots in the Super Bowl a holiday?

Child custody determinations involve so much more than determining what percentage of time each parent will have in a shared-custody situation. The details become vitally important: will the children travel back and forth during the year, will they spend summers with one parent, will there be a two-week share schedule or a one?

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