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Viewing child support and custody like a business deal

For many Massachusetts parents, moving through and beyond a divorce is the most challenging thing that they will ever encounter. It is important to remember that there are things that parents can do to make issues surrounding child custody and child support easier to navigate. One tactic that works for many is to begin treating the matter like a business deal. That may sound heartless, but it is a very effective approach that can help parents establish a positive co-parenting relationship.

Advice for those filing a QDRO

If you have been following our blogs on property division, you know how important it is to adhere to court guidelines and make your requests in a timely fashion. Failing to follow protocol can lead to tax penalties and bog down the transfer of assets. For those engaged in divorce proceedings without an independent stream of income, the speed at which funds can be deposited into a bank account may make the difference between paying the mortgage and falling behind on disbursing debt.

How can a pediatrician help during child support negotiations?

When planning to divorce, most Massachusetts residents take care to select an attorney who can best represent their interests throughout the process. Some will also hire a financial advisor, and others will work with a counselor to process their emotional reaction to a divorce. For parents who are struggling through divorce and related stress over child custody and child support, the family pediatrician can also be a valuable part of the divorce team.

Why seal the records in a high asset divorce?

For some Massachusetts residents, privacy is a very personal matter, one that is taken seriously. A high asset divorce is often seen as a major invasion of that privacy since divorce records will become part of the public record, available for anyone to access for any reason. That means that a couple's financial information and personal matters can be placed in the public realm, a thought that many people find difficult to bear.

Jesse Jackson Jr.'s wife expected to seek alimony in divorce

Some Massachusetts readers may be aware that Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife of 14 years are divorcing. The couple have made recent headlines in a battle over which jurisdiction should hear their case. Sandi Jackson is expected to seek alimony, and child support will also be a likely factor in the divorce, as the couple have children still living under the care of their mother.

New filings in Johnny Depp's high asset divorce case

The high profile divorce between Johnny Depp and his former wife, Amber Heard, may be final, but the pair may return to court to debate the details of that split. As part of the couple's high asset divorce, Depp agreed to pay a settlement in the amount of $7 million. Massachusetts residents may recall that Heard pledged to donate that money to several charities. Now, however, she claims that Depp has failed to make good on his side of that bargain.

Including life insurance during child support negotiations

One of the most common aspects of a Massachusetts divorce between two parents involves a determination of financial support for shared children. That support helps the custodial parent provide for the needs of the child or children, and is an important part of a post-divorce budgeting plan. Parents often fail to consider what would happen if those child support payments were to suddenly end due to the death of the paying party.

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