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January 2012 Archives

Guardianship: appeals court stops abortion, sterilization order

A Massachusetts appeals court has balked at a probate judge's order directing a mentally ill woman to have an abortion and to undergo forced sterilization. The 32-year-old woman suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar mood disorder. Pregnant on two previous occasions, the woman had an abortion the first time and gave birth to a baby boy on the second occasion. The boy is being raised by the woman's parents. In December, the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) requested that the parents be granted a temporary guardianship for the purpose of consenting to an abortion on the woman's behalf.

Divorce and credit scores: how to get yours back on track

Credit scores are an important part of life for many people in Massachusetts. Good credit scores allow you to obtain loans for a house or a car, and some employers are even starting to take credit scores into account when making hiring decisions. However, certain things can rattle a credit score. The obvious is not making payments on time, but what about getting a divorce?

Marianne Gingrich discusses divorce

Marianne Gingrich was having dinner with her mother one evening in 1999. The phone rang, and the call was for her. Her husband, Newt Gingrich, was at the other end of the line and said, "I want a divorce." Marianne Gingrich found the whole thing very difficult to understand. This is because one day, the former Speaker of the House was contemplating divorce, and days later, he was discussing family values in a public political speech.

Research conflicted over health effects of divorce

As many Massachusetts residents know, divorce can have a profound effect on a person's life. In divorce, two merged lives are separated, resulting in significant changes that affect each person differently. A recent study performed by a major university indicated that divorce could negatively affect a person's health.

How to protect your finances in divorce

Divorce is a complicated process. It can involve child custody, alimony, asset division and child support. However, there are steps a person can take to not only make it less complicated, but also to help make sure they are protected when it comes time to divide assets. Today we'll touch on how to protect your finances during your divorce.

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