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November 2014 Archives

An overview of child custody laws in Massachusetts

As divorce cases rise in Massachusetts and elsewhere in the United States, more and more children are being affected by their parents' split. In addition, parents need to make some big decisions, such as who will take over child custody and who will pay for child support.

Enforcing a child support order in Massachusetts

Most Massachusetts couples would agree that divorce typically comes as a shock to children. While spouses fight it out in court, children are often left feeling emotionally insecure. For older children, the prospect of financial insecurity may also loom large as they are unsure about who will pay their school fees, medical bills, and everyday expenses. In the best interest of the child, courts may give child custody to one parent and order that child support be paid by the other. Sadly, some parents do not fulfill their part of the deal and default on child support payments.

Is "coffee-shop divorce coaching" the new trend?

A divorce can be an agonizing experience for any couple in the United States, including couples from Massachusetts. It is unfortunate to see a couple who had once been in love engage in a war of words and fight over issues such as child custody, alimony and child support.

Getting help with issues related to the guardianship of a child

For many different reasons, there may come a time in the life of a child where considerations need to be made regarding a change in the legal rights of a child. In some cases, this may mean thinking about guardianship of a child as a way of ensuring that the young one is placed in the best possible situation. However, the process of assigning guardianship will need to go through the legal system, which can be a bit daunting for those seeking help.

Seeking a divorce when one spouse won't cooperate

Filing for divorce can be one of the most difficult and painful experiences for a couple in Massachusetts. Divorce proceedings can often turn ugly, pitting two people who were once in love against each other in a courtroom battle. Couples may have difficulty acting civil toward each other when embroiled in a divorce.

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