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WNBA star involved in alimony suit

When a marriage breaks down irretrievably, a spouse who has been financially dependent on the other may ask for alimony. U.S. courts, including those in Massachusetts, consider several factors of the other spouse, including the age, health and capacity to earn, before making a decision about the amount of the alimony. Alimony may be a factor in same-sex divorces as well. Consider the recent case of the Women's National Basketball Association's star Brittney Griner and her former spouse, Glory Johnson.

Addressing custody and support issues during divorce-Part II

Children can have a difficult time coming to terms with the divorce of their parents. While the parents are anxiously waiting for a new beginning of a better life after divorce, the children often feel insecure and sad. Hence, in the best interest of the child, U.S. courts, including those in Massachusetts, generally award child custody to one parent and order the other parent to pay child support.

Child custody battles that turn ugly must be tackled sensitively

Children are oftentimes hit the hardest by emotion associated with divorce proceedings. As their parents engage in a war of words, children may feel insecure about their future. In the children's best interests, courts throughout the United States typically order one parent to take custody of the child while the other parent is ordered to pay child support. This isn't always easy, however, as child custody disputes often turn ugly.

Addressing custody and support issues during divorce-Part I

Children oftentimes take divorce very hard. While their parents are looking forward to a better life ahead after the divorce, the child can feel insecure. In the child's best interest, U.S. courts, including those in Massachusetts, usually award child custody to one parent and order the other parent to pay child support.

How do alimony laws affect property division?

Alimony laws in Massachusetts and across the country have gone through many changes in the last few decades. In many cases, the person who pays alimony to the other ex-spouse might have a substantial change in circumstances. In such a case, the person who is paying the alimony may need to have the alimony agreement modified in court.

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