As Massachusetts readers know, there are many reasons why people become involved in child custody or financial disputes. Protecting parental rights is a main concern for most parents facing divorce, but many also have worries regarding financial security, child support obligations and continuity of lifestyle. These insecurities and fears about the future are some of the main reasons why people find themselves in the middle of a custody battle.
Divorce is seldom easy, especially when children are involved. Most Massachusetts parents would agree, however, that protecting their children's best interests and developing solid plans for their future care and upbringing takes precedence over other, more minor issues. Where child support is concerned, custodial and non-custodial parents alike often face challenges when trying to convince the court of their immediate and long-term needs.
Child support can be used for a wide range of expenses and financial matters that pertain to raising a child. There's this myth that child support payments are limited to paying for a few things -- but that simply isn't true. There is also a myth that the court will always monitor a parents that is using child support payments to ensure that the parent is using the payments to support the child. This, too, isn't true.
When spouses in Massachusetts are pursuing a divorce, there are precautions they can take in order to keep the process as simple as possible. The effects of the end of a marriage can continue on long after the divorce decree is finalized, especially when it comes to financial matters. Due to this, there are some major issues spouses should avoid during the process.
In Massachusetts and across the country, some parents are receiving child support payments from a noncustodial parent who lives in another country. Enforcement and collection in international child support cases is difficult and cumbersome due to different laws and legal systems.
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.
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.
When someone gets a divorce, they may assume that they do not have the right to claim spousal Social Security benefits. However, there are a number of situations where someone may still claim spousal benefits as well as survivor's benefits, and there are even circumstances where a person may be able to claim them if they remarried.
Conflicts about parenting plans, child or spousal support and property division are common in Massachusetts divorces. You may be among those who are planning on how you will deal will these issues. While you can bring these issues to a judge, you may be considering a method of alternative dispute resolution known as mediation.
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.