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When making custody arrangements, think outside the box

When couples go through a divorce, much time is often spent determining how property will be divided and how child custody will be arranged. Each parent may be very concerned about getting to spend enough time with their children. While some children with divorced parents may primarily live with one parent and spend every other weekend with the other parent, other couples may aim for equal division of custody.

Steven Spielberg's insight on how divorce can affect the kids

Children and parents who have gone through a divorce know how challenging and painful it can be. One Hollywood director discussed in a recent interview how his parents' divorce impacted him and his relationship with his father. Steven Spielberg, director of many blockbuster films, watched his parents divorce when he was 19 years old.

Would you celebrate your divorce with a party? Many now do

Major life changes can be overwhelming. Adjusting to a new living situation, financial state, and relationship status can be challenging. Divorce is one life change that people may have a hard time coming to terms with. After the final papers are signed, assets have been divided, and custody agreements are finalized, a newly-divorced person may feel unsure about what to do next.

Potential issues for divorcing Massachusetts couples

Massachusetts couples may wonder what their likelihood of getting divorced is. According to a recent report, Massachusetts has one of the lowest divorce rates in the country. New York and New Jersey also have low divorce rates. The report indicates that higher education levels and older marrying ages in these states may contribute to these statistics as both are correlated with longer-lasting marriages.

Domestic partner in Massachusetts wins custody of child

Same-sex couples often run into legal issues if they separate or divorce. If there are children involved, the legal issues can be even more complicated. A recent ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Court determined that same-sex couples in a domestic partnership have the same rights during a divorce or separation as married couples.

Managing relationships with stepfamily after a divorce

In the past, having many children may have made family trees complicated. With the rise in divorces and remarriages, family trees have become even more complicated. The relationships that result from remarriages may be confusing during the marriage. However, if the marriage ends, navigating relationships with these former stepsiblings, stepparents, or stepgrandchildren can become even more complicated.

Massachusetts woman adopts out-of-state teenager

Every child deserves to feel included in a family. Depending on how often a child in foster care moves around, he or she may not feel closely connected to any one family. One Massachusetts woman realized that some foster children exit the foster care system alone because they were not adopted before they aged out of the system.

Rapist ordered to pay child support wants visitation rights

It is not very often that one parent disagrees with the court's decision to enforce child support payments. Most of the time the custodial parent welcomes child support payments from the other parent. Raising a child can be very costly and the custodial parent probably wants the other parent's financial help in raising their child.

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