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December 2011 Archives

Child custody battle seeks to redefine the term "father"

In a story that may bring hope to Massachusetts parents who are struggling with custody issues, one man has just learned that he will finally get his day in court. The man, who recently learned the court will hear his case after winning an appeal, is fighting for custody of his stepson. The man, who believes himself to be the boy's father, has always been a part of the boy's life and now plans to exercise his right to child custody.The boy's biological father passed away in a car accident before the child was born. The stepfather was present at the boy's birth and cut the umbilical cord. He later married the child's mother, but the couple soon thereafter divorced. Since that time, he has remained in close contact with the boy and is now fighting for legal rights. Because there are no statutes covering this type of situation, instances are addressed on a case-by-case basis.

New study shows young people avoid marriage to avoid divorce

As many people in Massachusetts who have gone through a divorce know, divorce is not something you plan for. However, sometimes it ends up being the best thing for a couple. It seems, though, that the high rate of divorce in the U.S. has made some young couples wary of marriage.

As troops come home, military divorce rate increases

They've spent a year separated, with minimal contact. One of them was overseas, unable to come home except for a short stay when the job allowed. This wasn't a legal separation, or one that either of them wanted, but now it's leading to divorce. As troops come home, often from extended deployments overseas, military couples are finding trouble keeping their marriages alive.

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