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August 2012 Archives

Separation or divorce? Massachusetts may be interested in stats

A new study that may be of interest to readers in Massachusetts indicates that fewer couples are choosing to separate prior to divorce. However, of those that do decide to separate before seeking divorce, around 80 percent end up dissolving their marriage. Another 5 percent appear to try to reconcile, and the remaining 15 percent of couples remain married but separated.

Massachusetts child support a separate issue from visitation

Parents in Massachusetts likely want to work hard to make sure that all decisions made during divorce are made in the best interests of their children. Among these determinations are child support and child custody arrangements. After the divorce, if there are issues in the living arrangements of a child or the payment of support, it can leave the custodial parent in a quandary about how to rectify the situation and stay on track.

Religion and divorce: how we react and cope

It can be an emotional and challenging time for some in Massachusetts as they work through the divorce process. Even in cases where the separating couple has agreed that it is best to end their union in divorce, the process of dividing the assets and property of a marriage can be stressful. For some, the emotional adjustment may take longer, even after the divorce is final.

Care is important in exercising Massachusetts guardianship

There are horror stories all over the country regarding the abuse of an individual's guardianship powers. In one case, an out-of-state woman reported that she had to endure significant hardship in obtaining legal guardianship of her father after it was temporarily granted to a professional guardian. This story reinforces the belief that Massachusetts families must take special care in the guardianship process, so as to avoid a similar story occurring to them.

Alimony reform in Massachusetts and beyond

Alimony reform seems to be sweeping across the country. As Massachusetts readers are likely aware, changes to the laws governing alimony awards recently kicked into effect. Alimony in Massachusetts is now largely dependent upon the length of a marriage, and lifetime alimony will likely be the exception, not the rule. Some activists in other states hope to see this type of reform come to their jurisdictions as well.

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