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Study shows kids do best living with both parents after divorce

Massachusetts residents might be interested in a new study that indicates children of divorced couples suffer less stress when they spend time living with both parents. The research appears in the April 27 edition of the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

Parental alienation after a divorce

Perhaps one of the most stressful aspects of divorce or separation is the arriving at an agreement about the support and custody of the estranged couple's children. This stress can be enhanced when one or more of the children begin to view one of the parents as the wrongdoer. Massachusetts social workers have observed and studies have supported two different types of parental alienation. The first is when the child's negative views of one parent are supported and encouraged by the other parent. The second is when the child begins to alienate from a parent without being provoked to demonstrate such behavior.

Using Facebook to serve notice of divorce in Massachusetts

For people in Massachusetts who have exhausted other, more traditional channels of contacting spouses in a contentious divorce, serving documents via Facebook may be the last recourse. New case law emerging out of New York and other states sets a precedent for this kind of service, but for a court to view such service favorably, there must be exceptional circumstances prohibiting location or service of the spouse.

Common divorce myths

Individuals in Massachusetts who are considering divorce may have several common misconceptions about the process. One of those is that divorce can be done easily by signing papers before a lawyer. In fact, even simple and amicable divorces are matters that involve the state, and as a result, they cost money and still must go through the court system.

What counts as an alimony payment in Massachusetts

Alimony payments are payments made to a spouse following a divorce, and they may be ordered by the court or based on an agreement between the divorcing couple. It is important to note that monthly spousal support payments are not the only types of payouts that may be considered to go towards someone's alimony obligations.

A look at the many forms that domestic violence can take

Massachusetts residents with an interest in family law issues may wish to learn some information about what domestic violence is and what effect it can have. Due to the seriousness of these matters, this information may help spouses and partners to recognize the issue before it goes too far.

Actress Kelly Rutherford asks U.S. to take custody of her kids

Massachusetts residents may be interested to learn that "Gossip Girl" actress Kelly Rutherford has asked a federal court to grant the U.S. government custody of her two young children in a last-minute bid to keep them from returning to France to live with their father. The children, ages 5 and 7, are currently visiting her in New York.

Massachusetts child custody reform? Some say ‘no’

The first part of this two-part post explored the arguments that advocates are making in support of reforming child custody laws in Massachusetts. In a quick recap, the proposed legislation would add a few amendments. The primary change would force the courts to make joint custody the first choice, excluding cases involving an unfit parent.

Massachusetts child custody reform? Some say 'yes'

In 2010, U.S Census data estimated that approximately 80 percent of the custodial parents across the country were women. Advocates for child custody reform, like the Boston-based National Parents Organization, often cite statistics such as this in support of new legislation.

Understanding transitional alimony in Massachusetts divorces

Massachusetts couples who are looking for a divorce may be interested in some information on a special type of alimony payment available in the state. This type of alimony helps with a spouse's transition to supporting themselves.

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