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Considering a prenuptial agreement in a second marriage


Married couples in Massachusetts understand that the divorce process requires much decision-making. Even after dissolution, the need to make major choices does not cease. The end of a marriage often means still dealing with post-divorce issues. Whether it is child custody disputes, alimony payments or just simply moving on with life, various family law issues can persist long after a divorce is finalized. This is often true for those going through a second or third marriage.

Push to make parenting time equal for co-parents


Any parent knows that being around for major milestones and events in their child's life is very important. Although being involved in their child's life is on the top of the list for most parents in Massachusetts, child custody arrangements post-divorce can interfere with that. Obtaining enough quality parenting is usually the goal when any parent initiates a child custody agreement modification. In these cases, the details of each parent's life as well as the best interest of the child will play a major role in the process.

Factors to consider during a same sex divorce


Residents in Massachusetts understand that the face of marriage has drastically changed over the past several years. This is especially true regarding same sex couples. Now that the hurdle of marriage has been significantly tackled, same sex couples now join the ranks of any other married couples. This means that they also face the 50 percent rate of divorce.

How to avoid major divorce issues during dissolution


Emotions exist at the beginning and end of most things. This is often true for marriages. Many Massachusetts couples would concur that the honeymoon stage of any relationship is a time of much happiness, joy and excitement. When these initial emotions fade, the couple could develop a long lasting, strong and loving relationship. For others, it is a time where it is apparent that the two are not right for one another and they make the decision to divorce. If the couple has children, this could cause various divorce issues such as custody disputes.

Considering child custody for female breadwinners


Parents in Massachusetts often strive to maintain a good income. Caring for a child is often expensive and parents have to make difficult decisions surrounding their child's needs. For some, one parent will quit their job or work part-time in order to save costs associated with childcare. In addition, some families strive for a parent to be fully involved in the upbringing of their children. Although it is common, being a stay at home parent could lead to numerous challenges if the couple were to divorce.

Extension of federal benefits to same-sex partners


The decision to marry is usually an easy step for Massachusetts couples who desire to spend their lives together. Although the choice might be an easy one to make, the process is not a simple one to go through for same-sex partners. Although same sex marriages are allowed and recognized in the state of Massachusetts, future planning is crucial for the couple. This often means determining if relocation is possible and how a divorce would be carried out. Because some states do not recognize same sex marriages, this can lead to a complex dissolution as well as other difficulties.

It is important to understand child support during tax time


Parents in Massachusetts understand that many of their life choices revolve around their children, and during these times effective communication with their spouse is important. When parents split and divorce, this can naturally complicate communication between them. Still, communication is important, espeically when it comes to child support.

Making sure a prenuptial agreement is properly drafted


For many couples in Massachusetts, having a prenuptial agreement makes sense. It is clear that the rate of divorce in the nation is high and has been increasing. Drafting this instrument helps a couple through the divorce process, a process which has become more and more common.

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