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Social Security benefits after divorce in Massachusetts

When someone gets a divorce, they may assume that they do not have the right to claim spousal Social Security benefits. However, there are a number of situations where someone may still claim spousal benefits as well as survivor's benefits, and there are even circumstances where a person may be able to claim them if they remarried.

During divorce, don't forget about your health

Going through a breakup is always difficult, no matter how necessary it may be. And working through every detail of a divorce can be a major stressor that lasts for months or more. Although finalizing your divorce will allow you to move on financially, the stress of divorce can take an emotional and physical toll. Focusing on your own well-being during the process can keep you healthy both physically and mentally.

Massachusetts divorce attorneys providing mediation services

Conflicts about parenting plans, child or spousal support and property division are common in Massachusetts divorces. You may be among those who are planning on how you will deal will these issues. While you can bring these issues to a judge, you may be considering a method of alternative dispute resolution known as mediation.

Modification of alimony payments in Massachusetts

Massachusetts allows for modification of alimony support payments if there has been a material change in the financial circumstances of the parties. In addition, alimony support payments ordered prior to May 2012 may be reduced if the length of time in the original order exceeds the maximum amount of time permitted under the new Massachusetts alimony guidelines.

Study shows relationship between serious illness and divorce

Massachusetts couples might want to read about a new study looking into the relationship between divorce rates and illness. Researchers at Purdue University and Iowa State University determined that the chance of a marriage ending in divorce goes up by 6 percent after the wife becomes seriously ill. A husband's serious illness was not found to increase the likelihood of divorce, however.

Census finds moms less likely to pay child support than dads

Massachusetts parents may be surprised that 'deadbeat moms," or those who fail to pay child support to the custodial parent, aren't that rare. The 2011 U.S. Census reports that less than 20 percent of fathers had custody of their children, with only a quarter of these dads having child support agreements in place. In comparison, 50 percent of custodial mothers had support agreements.

Artists and property division in divorce

Individuals in Massachusetts may be aware that business owners who are divorcing may need to think about how that business will be considered an asset during property division, but many people might not realize that the same is true for artists. Painters, sculptors, filmmakers and others who create works of art often must work out how those pieces are shared with a soon-to-be former spouse.

Divorce less common for doctors

One study suggests that physicians from Massachusetts and the rest of the U.S. are less likely to divorce than the general population, although women doctors have a higher divorce rate than their male peers. According to the study, the findings suggest that contrary to the common belief that longer hours and more demands make doctors prime candidates for divorce, physicians may actually have a better work-life balance than other workers.

Billionaire disputes child support amount

As Massachusetts residents may know, child support may be determined in part by the income of both parents during and after their marriage. Additionally, courts often seek to provide a sense of security and consistency for the child. In Illinois, the child's lifestyle during the parent's marriage is taken into consideration. This has become a pivotal issue in the child support dispute between billionaire hedge fund manager Ken Griffin and his wife.

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