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Mixing love and money: not always a bad idea

Conventional wisdom may advise against mixing love and money, but the reality is that some married couples might become business partners. In fact, Census Bureau data indicates that 3.7 million small businesses are co-owned by married couples. So what happens to a business if a couple decides to divorce? 

Allegations may hurt actor's odds for joint child custody order

Does a criminal record mean than an individual can’t be a good parent? Most readers would say no, but does the type of crime make a difference in that analysis? These are some of the questions that may be raised during the upcoming divorce proceeding of “Scandal” actor Columbus Short.

Plan post-divorce tax liabilities during, not after a divorce

As a divorce attorney knows, the logistics of modern visitation agreements can be quite complicated. Spouses who are approaching their divorce with a spirit of cooperation may assume that dividing physical custody and parenting responsibilities equally between them might be the easiest solution. However, federal tax rules about which parent may claim a deduction for a dependent child may require parents to rethink their original plans. 

Family law helps preserve parental, child rights during adoption

In Massachusetts, state law provides certain parental rights to birth parents. Although there are exceptions, such as in the case of a parent that has been found legally unfit by a family law court, it is generally presumed that a parent has a right to be involved in his or her child’s life. For that reason, consent is generally required from a birth parent before a child may be placed up for adoption.

Divorce mediation and other amicable approaches

Gwyneth Paltrow appears to the most recent poster child for a new movement in amicable divorce. In a recent blog entry on her lifestyle website, Goop, Ms. Paltrow confirmed that she is separating from Chris Martin, of Coldplay musical fame. However, she is committed to sparing the two kids she had with Martin from heartache. To do that, she describes her approach as a conscious coupling.

Advice for handling joint accounts during a divorce

For parents who go through a divorce, a joint custody award might raise financial questions. For example, in the case of a spouse who shares in child support expenses and/or mortgage payments for the family home, keeping a joint account might seem to be the most convenient option.

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