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January 2013 Archives

Child custody modifications in a continually changing world

Sometimes, child custody orders may not be appropriate or applicable as children grow older and parental careers change. Residents in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are likely to face child custody challenges just like parents all over the country.

John Cleese struggling to meet alimony obligations

Massachusetts residents and comedy fans would likely recognize John Cleese as the outrageously funny Monty Python actor staring in many television shows and popular films. Recently, the news has exploded with information regarding the actor's eye-catching alimony obligations.

What are an unmarried father's rights in adoption proceedings?

The choice of giving a child up for adoption in Salem County is a complicated and emotional one. Even in the best of circumstances when both parents arrive at this difficult decision together, it is not to be taken lightly. However, there are circumstances where unmarried parents may not agree on this choice. In that event, it is imperative to take a look at what rights the child's father may have as opposed to the rights of the mother.

Dual citizenship issues facing Massachusetts residents in divorce

When making the difficult decision to obtain a divorce in Massachusetts, there are many factors to take into consideration. One potentially complex issue is the dual citizenship status of one or both parties. For example, an individual can hold dual citizenship if they are born in a foreign country to American parents. This person is then a citizen of the country of birth and the United States. People can also acquire foreign citizenship by marrying a citizen of another country, or becoming a citizen of the U.S. without losing citizenship in their native country.

Court rules against non-biological father in child support case

Couples who conceived children with the help of a sperm donor may find the outcome of a divorce case in Indiana very interesting. This couple separated several years ago, but they are still finalizing their divorce, in part because the husband claimed he should not be responsible for paying child support, since he is not the biological father of their children. However, both a county court and a state appeals court saw this matter differently.

Russian marchers protest adoption ban

A few weeks ago a post on this blog discussed the new Russian bill that bans American parents from adopting Russian children. Since then, the bill has gone into effect and American and Russian reactions to the bill have been noteworthy.

Divorce difficulties for same-sex couples

Same-sex couples have been able to legally marry in Massachusetts for quite a few years now. Even though more states have legalized same-sex marriage in recent years, there are still issues that arise for divorcing same-sex couples that heterosexual couples do not have to deal with.

Ex-wife will receive $4 million of alimony - each month

The details of divorce settlements are often unique to each couple. Some divorces may result in joint custody of children, whereas others may give one parent sole custody. In addition, some divorces end with one spouse receiving just child support payments, yet others result in alimony and child support payments.

Military father encountered custody issues after deployment

When a child custody agreement is made, the parent with primary custody likely expects that he or she will maintain that position as the primary parent in their child's life for an extended period of time. However, certain circumstances may prompt the child custody arrangement to change.

Filling out financial aid documents as a divorced parent

Many changes take place during a divorce. However, divorcing couples with children may benefit from being aware of other types of financial difficulties that can arise years after a divorce. For instance, when a high school student with divorced parents applies for financial aid, the roles of each parent in the student's life may impact the student's financial aid package.

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