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June 2012 Archives

Same-sex marriages brings complex same-sex divorces

As same-sex couples are beginning to be afforded the right to marry in states across the country, the flipside is the necessity for same-sex divorce. States, like Massachusetts, that have legalized same-sex marriage must now also offer same-sex divorce. Because even when marriages begin with the best of intentions, not all work out.

Foreign child support can be challenging to collect

There has been an increase in the number of parents who have been ordered to pay child support that live outside of the country. Whether due to the globalization of the economy or other reasons, the reality is that it can be difficult for states like Massachusetts to collect child support from these foreign living parents. In fact, according to some reports, it can take as many as five years or more for a foreign support obligation to be fulfilled, even when the U.S. has an agreement in place with the country in which the individual resides.

Should veterans' disability checks be factored into alimony?

Many veterans in Massachusetts may be interested to learn about a case that is being presented to the U.S. Supreme Court for consideration. The matter involves the divorce of a disabled veteran who is receiving 100 percent disability payments from the military. He has asked the nation's highest court to consider whether these disability payments should be considered in any calculation for alimony that he must pay to his former wife of 20 years.

Facebook now present in 33 percent of divorce filings

Divorce in Massachusetts can involve many issues including child support, child custody and division of financial assets. In some divorce cases, these issues can be contentious for a couple. And in an increasing number of cases, these issues and the intensity of the debate over them can be exacerbated by social media websites such as Facebook.

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