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Financial issues can be put to rest after Massachusetts divorce

Marriage can be hard. Marriage can also be joyous, rewarding and positive. Depending at what point spouses may be at, they can be at either end of the emotional spectrum. Much of the stress that married couples can put on each other can often be related to finances. If a couple does not see eye-to-eye about how to manage daily expenditures and long-term budgets, it can lead to a tumultuous marriage.

Ground-breaking MA Supreme court ruling on child custody

Massachusetts has been a leader in issues pertaining to family law and same-sex marriage in recent year's past. Most recently, a ruling has come down from Massachusetts highest court that pertains to child custody and biological parental rights. The landmark case is the first of its kind with such precedence in the state. While its ruling mostly affects same-sex parents, it can have an impact on child custody situations involving traditional marriages or grandparents who have cared for children in a parental role.

A beginner's guide to alimony in Massachusetts

Some people are not even aware that spousal support, also known as alimony, is awarded in some Massachusetts divorce settlements. Alimony is a financial stipend paid from one spouse to the other after a divorce leaves their financial situation unbalanced in comparison to their prior standard of living. If this sounds vague, that's because it is. Alimony, much like child support, is awarded on a case-by-case basis.

How is child support determined for special needs children?

Families with children of special needs aren't much different from families who do not have special needs children. This is especially true in terms of divorce. Even parents of special needs children have issues that they sometimes cannot resolve. If you are the parent of a special needs child, you may wonder if child support determinations are different due to the extra care your child requires?

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