A few months ago, we wrote a post about prenuptial agreements and how they can prove to be very beneficial for a couple that is about to walk down the aisle. Given their importance and value, you may think that prenups are impregnable contracts. This stigma has followed prenups around for a long time, and the stigma is a myth. In truth, prenups are susceptible to legal challenges if they aren't properly drafted and implemented.
Parents who are divorcing in Massachusetts may decide to live in different cities, but with the help of their attorneys they can hopefully figure out a parenting plan that works well for everyone. This can even be done if the cities they plan to live in are far apart or if one parent has to move out of state. But imagine if you had to figure out a parenting plan if one of the two parents moves out of the country?
When people in Massachusetts become engaged, they are likely begin a whirlwind of decision making. For most, this means setting a date for the wedding, creating a list of people to invite and picking a dress, among many others. The last thing on many people's minds is family law. However, many professionals urge couples to also consider their financial situations and the important roles prenuptial agreements can have in relationships.
When our readers hear the term “family law” they likely think about all aspects of divorce, including child custody, child support, alimony and property division. But they may be interested to learn that family law actually encompasses a lot more than just these few topics. While divorce is definitely a big part of family law, legal issues related to your family can come about in a wide variety of ways.
A divorce can be an emotional time for anyone going through it. However, it is worthwhile to understand what happens to marital debt after the divorce is finalized. In some cases, each spouse may be responsible for an outstanding balance regardless of who is required to pay it. For example, if a couple had a joint credit card, the credit card company can ask either person listed as a cardholder for repayment.
Many people in Massachusetts view a man who doesn't pay his monthly child support bill as a 'deadbeat dad." A new study that was published in the June issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family demonstrated how many of these so-called deadbeat dads don't deserve the nickname. According to a sociologist who authored the study, low-income dads end up appearing distanced from their children on paper while they are actually giving their children a lot.
Parents in Massachusetts may not realize that research shows a disconnect between the way child support laws work and the way people view them. The public seems to believe the formulas used to calculate child support are not fair, according to one recently-published study. The study found that existing child support laws are unfair in the eyes of the public. When the mother is the custodial parent, the public seems to believe that child support should be based on the mother's income and adjusted depending on how her income changes. However, in some states, child support is determined based exclusively on the income of the noncustodial parent, typically the father. In other states, the incomes of both parents are used to determine the amount of child support owed, with a strong emphasis on the noncustodial parent's income.
When any Massachusetts couple decides that they want to tie the knot, they have a decision to make regarding whether or not they want to negotiate a prenuptial agreement. For couples who are starting out with few assets and few debts, this step may be more of an option. For someone who has already obtained a large number of assets, this step may be vital for protection in the event a divorce occurs later on.
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.