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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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