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September 2013 Archives

Are wedding rings considered marital property in Massachusetts?

When a couple exchanges wedding rings, those rings are typically thought of as a symbol of their lasting relationship. Unfortunately, not all of those relationships last, and those symbols can turn into reminders of how much money was spent on an expensive piece of jewelry. Because such jewelry could be a sizeable investment in some cases, some Massachusetts parties may wonder if engagement and wedding rings are considered marital property and what that means in terms of property division.

Alleged kidnapping could lead to child custody dispute

As many Massachusetts residents know, interference with the custody of a child is a very serious issue. Though a biological parent may feel they have certain rights, he or she is not allowed to take a child away from a custodial parent if legal documents prevent it or if there are other extenuating circumstances. Child custody is often a very tense issue, and a parent may make rash decisions when it comes to their children. Nevertheless, rash or well-thought out parental choices that violate custody terms could leave parents facing severe consequences.

Permanent alimony still an issue for some outside Massachusetts

After a couple decides to separate, certain divorce issues could cause a deal of tension. Alimony payments are often a point of contention because payment amounts are not often easily agreed upon and the duration of alimony is often a point of concern. Massachusetts has been a forerunner in alimony reform, but unfortunately for those in nearby states, many are facing the consequences for spousal support guidelines that many former spouses across the country are beginning to see as outdated.

Guardianship sought for child after parents stop cancer treatment

Parents often believe that they know what is best for their children. This belief can stem from their experience, lifestyle or religious beliefs. When it comes to medical treatment, however, some medical professionals may feel that parents do not make the right decisions if they stop treatment for their children's illnesses. Some medical professionals may even seek information on legal guardianship in order to prevent biological parents from making medical decisions for their children.

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