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New Federal tax law will affect property division during divorce

Salem residents who follow the news are likely very familiar with the "fiscal cliff" that dominated headlines at the end of 2012. To avert this fiscal cliff, Congress passed a series of tax reforms entitled the American Taxpayer Relief Act. The ATRA went into effect on January 1, 2013, and is already affecting property division during divorce.

Court orders man to pay more than $65,000 in child support

For Massachussetts couples going through a divorce, one of the most emotional issues they may face is the determination of child support. In some family law cases, after a couple has come to an agreement on child support, circumstances may drastically change, making it difficult or impossible for a parent to make their monthly child support obligation. In these times, a parent may decide to seek a modification rather than face serious penalties, such as those imposed in a recent case in which a man faces prison time if he fails to pay back child support.

What are an unmarried father's rights in adoption proceedings?

The choice of giving a child up for adoption in Salem County is a complicated and emotional one. Even in the best of circumstances when both parents arrive at this difficult decision together, it is not to be taken lightly. However, there are circumstances where unmarried parents may not agree on this choice. In that event, it is imperative to take a look at what rights the child's father may have as opposed to the rights of the mother.

Russian marchers protest adoption ban

A few weeks ago a post on this blog discussed the new Russian bill that bans American parents from adopting Russian children. Since then, the bill has gone into effect and American and Russian reactions to the bill have been noteworthy.

Putin's bill bans American parents from adopting Russian children

Many Massachusetts parents have probably eagerly awaited the arrival of a child. This waiting may take place during pregnancy or during the adoption process. For parents who are adopting, the period of time spent waiting for the adoption to be finalized is likely quite nerve-wracking.

Over-the-phone marriage is official according to court

Weddings can take a variety of forms; some are intimate, whereas others have hundreds of guests. Massachusetts residents have probably attended many types of weddings. Though more rare, some weddings even occur over the telephone. This method of entering a marriage may not be very common, but a Maryland court ruled recently that it is just as valid as an in-person ceremony.

Poor communication led to Dennis Rodman's child support mishap

Stories of unpaid child support are fairly common. Many times when a parent has failed to pay child support, it is because he or she does not have the money or actively avoids making the payments. However, NBA superstar Dennis Rodman's unpaid child support case appears to be different.

Prenuptial agreements: Think before you sign

Prenuptial agreements are often hailed for protecting a person's assets from going to a spouse during a divorce. Professional baseball and football player Deion Sanders can attest for the strength of a prenuptial agreement. He has been going through a messy divorce with his wife, who he was married to for 14 years. Along with child support payments, their prenuptial agreement has been the primary source of disputes.

Steven Spielberg's insight on how divorce can affect the kids

Children and parents who have gone through a divorce know how challenging and painful it can be. One Hollywood director discussed in a recent interview how his parents' divorce impacted him and his relationship with his father. Steven Spielberg, director of many blockbuster films, watched his parents divorce when he was 19 years old.

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