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.
Emotions exist at the beginning and end of most things. This is often true for marriages. Many Massachusetts couples would concur that the honeymoon stage of any relationship is a time of much happiness, joy and excitement. When these initial emotions fade, the couple could develop a long lasting, strong and loving relationship. For others, it is a time where it is apparent that the two are not right for one another and they make the decision to divorce. If the couple has children, this could cause various divorce issues such as custody disputes.
Parents in Massachusetts understand that many of their life choices revolve around their children, and during these times effective communication with their spouse is important. When parents split and divorce, this can naturally complicate communication between them. Still, communication is important, espeically when it comes to child support.
There are some life events that can be very life changing and could significantly alter the lives of a couple and their children. When married couples in Massachusetts file for divorce, there is a laundry list of issues that need to be addressed before the dissolution could be finalized. When children are involved in the process, the needs of the children will shape how a divorce agreement is constructed. In addition, the needs of the children not only determine child support but other family law issues such as custody and the ability to relocate.
The prospect of a divorce conjures images of lengthy court battles and bitter fights for many Massachusetts residents. Although litigation cannot be avoided in every case, family law mediation or collaborative divorce offer realistic alternatives to the traditional path of litigation.
A Salem divorce can be an emotional and stressful experience for all the parties involved. This is especially true in a contested divorce, where disputes over property division, child custody and finances can result in extended litigation. However, there are several things both men and women can do to ease the difficult process that all too often is divorce.