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Dual citizenship issues facing Massachusetts residents in divorce

When making the difficult decision to obtain a divorce in Massachusetts, there are many factors to take into consideration. One potentially complex issue is the dual citizenship status of one or both parties. For example, an individual can hold dual citizenship if they are born in a foreign country to American parents. This person is then a citizen of the country of birth and the United States. People can also acquire foreign citizenship by marrying a citizen of another country, or becoming a citizen of the U.S. without losing citizenship in their native country.

Court rules against non-biological father in child support case

Couples who conceived children with the help of a sperm donor may find the outcome of a divorce case in Indiana very interesting. This couple separated several years ago, but they are still finalizing their divorce, in part because the husband claimed he should not be responsible for paying child support, since he is not the biological father of their children. However, both a county court and a state appeals court saw this matter differently.

Filling out financial aid documents as a divorced parent

Many changes take place during a divorce. However, divorcing couples with children may benefit from being aware of other types of financial difficulties that can arise years after a divorce. For instance, when a high school student with divorced parents applies for financial aid, the roles of each parent in the student's life may impact the student's financial aid package.

Who will run the family business after a divorce?

For many divorced couples, their children keep them in contact with each other for potentially years after the divorce is finalized. Managing child custody arrangements and child support agreements can be trying, especially when the relationship between the adults has dissolved.

Think twice before hiding assets during divorce

When a couple works through a divorce, there are likely ill feelings between the spouses. In anticipation of working through property division, child support payments and alimony settlements, a spouse may think that setting aside some money would be a smart way to ensure one leaves the marriage with more assets than one's spouse.

Cold feet before marriages and divorces

A recent study indicates that when brides or grooms have doubts about getting married, but marry anyway, their marriages end in divorce more often. In particular, the level of doubt (or confidence) of brides in the study was correlated with a future divorce. The study reports that "women who experienced pre-marriage jitters were two-and-a-half times more likely to divorce four years later than women who were confident about getting married."

Baby boomer couples divorce at increasing rates

Issues that arise during a divorce will likely differ depending on a couple's stage of life. Young couples with children likely face challenges coming to a custody agreement and figuring out child support or alimony payments. However, couples who divorce in their 50s, 60s, or 70s may have different concerns when handling a divorce settlement.

Would you celebrate your divorce with a party? Many now do

Major life changes can be overwhelming. Adjusting to a new living situation, financial state, and relationship status can be challenging. Divorce is one life change that people may have a hard time coming to terms with. After the final papers are signed, assets have been divided, and custody agreements are finalized, a newly-divorced person may feel unsure about what to do next.

Potential issues for divorcing Massachusetts couples

Massachusetts couples may wonder what their likelihood of getting divorced is. According to a recent report, Massachusetts has one of the lowest divorce rates in the country. New York and New Jersey also have low divorce rates. The report indicates that higher education levels and older marrying ages in these states may contribute to these statistics as both are correlated with longer-lasting marriages.

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