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What child support can be used for

Parents who are receiving child support in Massachusetts are obligated to use the funds they receive to pay for their child's expenses. Although the court normally does not ask custodial parents to prove how they are using the money, the parent would be required to do so if the child's basic needs were not being met.

The concept of reasonable visitation

Figuring out child custodial issues can be a difficult endeavor, but even once they are resolved, further complications can arise when it comes to visitation by the noncustodial parent. In some cases, a judge will order a fixed visitation schedule for the noncustodial parent, but when two parents can manage to work together, they may agree on "reasonable visitation". Massachusetts parents who agree to this see several benefits, but this type of arrangement isn't right in every situation.

Massachusetts same-sex divorces

Unfortunately, just like heterosexual couples, many same-sex couples will experience a disintegrating marriage and will need a divorce as a result. Although same-sex couples face the same sorts of issues and challenges that heterosexual divorcing couples do, there are particular and additional matters that same sex couples may need to address.

Division of the marital home in divorce

Some Massachusetts residents who jointly own marital property may wonder what will happen if one spouse leaves and decides to buy another property. There may be problems associated with lenders who still view the property as jointly owned, even though the divorce decree gives it to the other spouse.

Understanding the best interests of the child

Parents in Massachusetts may benefit from learning more about the factors that are generally used to determine the best interests of the child, as described by the Child Welfare Information Gateway. Family courts typically preside over cases that can significantly affect children's lives, including issues that involve custody determination and placement, terminating parental rights, permanency planning and safety and living conditions. Every state has laws requiring judges to consider the best interests of the child when making these decisions.

Divorce rate actually lower than 50 percent

Massachusetts residents are likely familiar with the statistic often cited by the media that 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. While that may have been true in the 1970s and 1980s, figures show that the divorce rate has been falling steadily for several years. Observers say that if current trends continue, the divorce rate will fall to about a third in the near future.

Relocating with a child

Under certain circumstances, it may become necessary for a Massachusetts custodial parent to relocate with his or her child. However, this may create logistical problems if the other parent has the right to visit or has partial custody of the child. Typically, it is the responsibility of the relocating parent to come up with a visitation schedule that is agreeable to the other parent and in the best interests of the child.

Temporary custody orders

While a divorce case is pending in Massachusetts, a judge may issue temporary child custody orders. These orders last only until the final divorce and custody hearing, at which time the judge will hear evidence and issue the permanent custody orders that will govern the child's residence, visitation and the parents' responsibility for decision-making.

Massachusetts law and no fault divorce

Some Massachusetts residents believe that a spouse must provide compelling grounds before a divorce will be granted. While a divorce may still be granted in Massachusetts for reasons including adultery, abandonment or alcohol or drug addiction, grounds such as this are no longer required. Massachusetts like every other state has adopted a no-fault divorce law, which means that a divorce will be granted if one of the spouses maintains that the marriage is broken beyond repair due to differences that cannot be reconciled.

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