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Terminating child support

In Massachusetts, parents who are required to pay child support must continue to make payments until the support order is terminated. There are several circumstances under which a child support order can be legally ended. In many cases, the payments must continue until the child is legally considered an adult. However, there may be circumstances under which payments can be ended before that time.

Legal support for paternity cases in Massachusetts

A father may worry about having the opportunity to be involved in his child's life if that child has been or will be born out of wedlock. However, an understanding of rights and responsibilities can be helpful as steps are taken to establish paternity. Ideally, your rights can be established at the hospital after your child is born. However, there are situations that can complicate this process.

Importance of a prenuptial agreement for second marriages

When a person in Massachusetts is preparing to remarry, it is often a very good idea to insist on a prenuptial agreement. In the event that there are children from a previous relationship, the importance of a prenuptial agreement is even more pronounced.

Facebook and the changing face of divorce

Many Massachusetts residents are Facebook users and are aware of the types of information that can be found on such a site. For divorce lawyers, some of this material can be important when dealing with contested issues such as spousal or child support. If an individual claims that he or she is unemployed, it could be damaging if the other spouse's attorney found a picture of that individual buying a large car or a new house.

Saving money when a marriage ends

When a long-term marriage ends in Massachusetts or across the nation, one person might need to pay spousal support, especially if there is a significant discrepancy in the earnings between the two. Even when alimony is a likely factor, the other party might contest it. However, the expenses and related legal fees needed to do this might be prohibitive and could wind up costing the parties more than the actual spousal support.

Man seeks $400,000 in monthly alimony

Massachusetts shoppers may have heard that in March 2014, a Walmart heiress filed paperwork to end her marriage of six years. However, her former husband has chosen to pursue her assets and seek $400,000 per month in alimony. A breakdown of the list of his average necessities includes $80,000 for entertainment, $50,000 in rent, $30,000 for vacations, $10,000 for furniture. He is also requesting $6,700 for a personal chef, $5,000 for clothes, $4,000 for a driver, $2,500 for a personal trainer and $1,000 for a personal stylist. He is also requesting $2,500 as a stipend so that he can give to charity.

Credit card debt and divorce

Divorcing couples in Massachusetts often have shared credit card debt that was acquired during their marriage. Just like how assets must be divided in a divorce, liabilities like credit card debt have to be divided as well. Before agreeing to let an ex-spouse take responsibility for paying off credit cards, an individual might want to learn about how the credit card debt will be viewed in the eyes of the creditor.

Virtual visitation and Massachusetts child custody

Child custody agreements in Massachusetts are increasingly changing to account for new technology and methods of communication between parents and children. Technologically based communication, otherwise known as virtual visitation, is considered to be an enhancement to regular physical visitation that allows parents and children greater access to one another outside of regular court-ordered visitation. This form of visitation is frequently encouraged to foster stronger emotional bonds and permit children and parents to stay in more regular contact.

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