In the state of Massachusetts, establishing paternity is an important process when a child is born out of wedlock. Paternity must be officially established and recorded before a court can decide on issues like child support payments, custody and visitation. Fortunately, there is a well-defined process in the state for establishing paternity. The child's parents simply need to file the appropriate paperwork with either the clerk in the city where the child was born or the registrar of vital records.
Divorce is a very difficult time in anyone's life. Regardless of who initiated the proceeding, it is easy to get caught up in a battle of who gets more money in the settlement, especially if there is some animosity tied to the split. Whatever fuels this fight for cash, it is wise to keep the big picture in mind when going through a divorce.
Should I stay or should I go? Readers might recognize that phrase as a song lyric. In the context of divorce, it aptly refers to the difficulty in deciding which issues to fight or settle.
Although an increasing number of courts in New Jersey and across the country acknowledge the importance of a father’s presence in parenting, such paternal rights might be affected by marital status.
In Massachusetts, state law provides certain parental rights to birth parents. Although there are exceptions, such as in the case of a parent that has been found legally unfit by a family law court, it is generally presumed that a parent has a right to be involved in his or her child’s life. For that reason, consent is generally required from a birth parent before a child may be placed up for adoption.
Gwyneth Paltrow appears to the most recent poster child for a new movement in amicable divorce. In a recent blog entry on her lifestyle website, Goop, Ms. Paltrow confirmed that she is separating from Chris Martin, of Coldplay musical fame. However, she is committed to sparing the two kids she had with Martin from heartache. To do that, she describes her approach as a conscious coupling.
For parents who go through a divorce, a joint custody award might raise financial questions. For example, in the case of a spouse who shares in child support expenses and/or mortgage payments for the family home, keeping a joint account might seem to be the most convenient option.
Readers of this divorce blog know that divorce can be expensive, especially if matters like valuing and dividing the marital estate, child support and alimony are hotly contested. Yet a recent finding may surprise readers.
For many married couples in Massachusetts, the end of their marriage is unthinkable. Even if statistics prove that it is likely that more than half of all marriage in the United States will end in divorce, some couples do not believe in thinking about or preparing for the possibility of divorce. This can make the reality of divorce a very difficult and complex time. This is especially true if the couple cannot agree on their finances.