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How prenuptial agreements are beneficial in Massachusetts

While many people think signing a prenuptial agreement means that they are planning for their marriages to fail, that is not necessarily the case. Prenuptial agreements can be very helpful, affording protections to both spouses down the road. When writing them, people are also able to frankly discuss how they see their roles and what there expectations are, helping to avoid arguments later on.

A look at the many forms that domestic violence can take

Massachusetts residents with an interest in family law issues may wish to learn some information about what domestic violence is and what effect it can have. Due to the seriousness of these matters, this information may help spouses and partners to recognize the issue before it goes too far.

Census finds moms less likely to pay child support than dads

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.

Terminating child support

In Massachusetts, parents who are required to pay child support must continue to make payments until the support order is terminated. There are several circumstances under which a child support order can be legally ended. In many cases, the payments must continue until the child is legally considered an adult. However, there may be circumstances under which payments can be ended before that time.

Adoption fraud in Massachusetts

Adoption gives many Massachusetts residents the opportunity to raise and care for children as if they were their own, but the emotional nature of the adoption process provides fertile ground for those seeking to profit through deception and fraud. Adoption fraud or wrongful adoption occurs when individuals or adoption agencies profit financially through illegal acts or misrepresentation during the adoption process.

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.

What is the process of becoming an adoptive parent?

Massachusetts residents interested in becoming adoptive parents need to follow certain steps that are designed to ensure that their home is a safe placement for the child. Adoptive parents must be at least 18 years of age before they can begin the adoption process.

Who is allowed to adopt in Massachusetts?

There are various reasons for deciding to adopt a child, and eligibility of prospective parents is an important issue as the process is considered. Massachusetts does not allow private adoptions, and thus the process will be overseen by the Probate and Family Court. In order to proceed with an adoption, prospective parents must meet certain requirements.

Is a prenuptial agreement right for you?

Most people are probably aware of what a big commitment getting married is. While most people who enter into such unions are aware that it will be a big change, they may not have completely thought through just how big of a change it will be. One area where this may occur regards finances. In the midst of planning for the wedding it is possible that coupes could fail to discuss how they will handle their finances after they are married. A prenuptial agreement could be a part of this discussion.

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