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Facebook and the changing face of divorce

Many Massachusetts residents are Facebook users and are aware of the types of information that can be found on such a site. For divorce lawyers, some of this material can be important when dealing with contested issues such as spousal or child support. If an individual claims that he or she is unemployed, it could be damaging if the other spouse's attorney found a picture of that individual buying a large car or a new house.

What child support can be used for

Parents who are receiving child support in Massachusetts are obligated to use the funds they receive to pay for their child's expenses. Although the court normally does not ask custodial parents to prove how they are using the money, the parent would be required to do so if the child's basic needs were not being met.

Massachusetts child support guidelines

Rather than a set percentage, the amount of child support paid by a non-custodial parent in Massachusetts is determined on a case-by-case basis. Courts use a set of guidelines in determining this amount, many of which relate to the income of each parent. The purpose of the guidelines is to provide for the best interests of the child while recognizing the parents' financial situations as well as monetary and non-monetary contributions to the child's welfare.

How is paternity established in Massachusetts?

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.

Keep long-term plans in mind when going through divorce

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.

Family law helps preserve parental, child rights during adoption

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.

Divorce mediation and other amicable approaches

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.

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