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Prenuptial agreements and separate assets

When any Massachusetts couple decides that they want to tie the knot, they have a decision to make regarding whether or not they want to negotiate a prenuptial agreement. For couples who are starting out with few assets and few debts, this step may be more of an option. For someone who has already obtained a large number of assets, this step may be vital for protection in the event a divorce occurs later on.

Reality star seeking custody of 11-year-old daughter

Massachusetts residents may be interested to know that former reality star Jon Gosselin is reportedly seeking custody of his 11-year-old daughter. This comes after the child complained that her mother, Kate Gosselin, was mistreating her. Despite the lack of a relationship between the two parents, it is possible that a judge would allow the daughter to live with her father. However, once a parent has been awarded custody of a child, custody rights may only be modified in most cases based on a change in circumstance.

Dangers of international child abductions

Massachusetts residents may be interested to learn that a hearing is scheduled for May 18 in an international abduction case that has taken more than 10 years to come to trial. According to the prosecution in this case, the mother took her 8-year-old daughter to Costa Rica illegally and lived there with her second husband. She returned to New Hampshire after the child turned 18. She and her second husband are now facing charges of witness tampering and custodial interference.

Shariah law fears in Idaho could kill child support treaty

In Massachusetts and across the country, some parents are receiving child support payments from a noncustodial parent who lives in another country. Enforcement and collection in international child support cases is difficult and cumbersome due to different laws and legal systems.

Genetic evidence shows that man is birth father of only 1 twin

Parents in Massachusetts who have questions regarding child support when the paternity of a child is in question may be interested in a case that is unfolding elsewhere along the Eastern Seaboard. On May 4, a judge in New Jersey ruled that an unnamed defendant would be required to pay child support for only one of two twins following DNA testing that determined that he was not the biological father of both children.

Alimony contingency acceptable to court

Sometimes, alimony or child support payments come with a contingency, and Massachusetts families may be interested in a recent alimony case that had a contingency related to homeschooling. The father had agreed to pay the mother additional alimony if she homeschooled the children following their divorce. The rationale was that the mother could not earn an income outside the home if she homeschooled full-time.

How prenuptial agreements are beneficial in Massachusetts

While many people think signing a prenuptial agreement means that they are planning for their marriages to fail, that is not necessarily the case. Prenuptial agreements can be very helpful, affording protections to both spouses down the road. When writing them, people are also able to frankly discuss how they see their roles and what there expectations are, helping to avoid arguments later on.

Facebook may be ruining relationships in Massachusetts

Two studies indicate that Facebook and social media may be causing relationship problems and breakups. A survey of 2,000 married people in the United Kingdom found that one in seven respondents had thought about divorcing their spouse as a result of social media activity, which includes sites like Twitter, Skype and SnapChat in addition to Facebook. About 25 percent of those who took the survey said they had at least one argument a week about social media, and 17 percent said it the cause of a daily argument.

Failure to pay child support may lead to incarceration

Massachusetts parents who are divorcing may wonder what will happen when the noncustodial parent who is ordered to pay child support does not do so. While there are methods of enforcing child support payments, parents who are genuinely unable to meet their obligations could find themselves trapped in a cycle of poverty and incarceration.

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