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August 2014 Archives

Tips for grandparents seeking custody or visitation

Due to economic struggles, incarceration, substance abuse, alternative housing situations, longer life spans and other reasons, more grandparents across Massachusetts and around the country are now living with or providing care for their grandchildren. If you are in the situation of wanting to seek custody of or visitation time with your grandkids, there are some things you need to understand as you enter the family law court system.

Who gets Fido and Fluffy in the divorce?

If you have been divorced – or you are involved in a divorce now – you know that there are countless decisions to be made. This is a time of change, and you must make choices that could affect you both now and in the future. Clearly, important considerations include who will get the marital home, who will have primary custody of the children, whether spousal support/alimony is appropriate and how marital assets and debts will be divided. An often over-looked but increasingly relevant issue in a divorce is the custody of the family pet. 

Back-to-school time could be different following a divorce

Fall is almost here, and school is back in session for many parts of the country. This time of year brings challenges, particularly in the first few weeks as children and parents alike must deal with changes like getting up earlier, settling back into a bedtime routine, packing school lunches and juggling homework time with after-school activities like sports and clubs.

Same-sex divorce still relatively new in legal terms

Even though Massachusetts was one of the first states to legalize same-sex marriage, there still remains a dearth of legal precedent and guidance on a very important related issue: same-sex divorce. Logically, there shouldn't be that much of a difference, right? You'd think that property division, custody, child support, spousal support and other key family law topics would be decided in a similar manner regardless of the gender of the parties involved. Realistically, though, that isn't the case. 

Tips to ease the stress of divorce

Divorce is difficult, but there are steps you can take to retain some control and ease the transition into single life. First, take kids into account. The presence of children in the marriage can be a huge catalyst for an amicable split. Although your personal relationship with a spouse is ending, a new relationship will begin as you work together to raise your children.

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