Claudette-Jean Girard, Attorney at Law
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I provide experienced legal guidance in family law, divorce and special education law. I represent parents and families throughout western Massachusetts.

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April 2012 Archives

Is presumed joint child custody the right move?

Determining child custody in a divorce can be an emotional issue for both parents in Massachusetts. While each parent wants what is in the best interests of their children, they often disagree about where the children should live. Adding to the child custody question is the issue of child support for a noncustodial parent in many cases.

Seal and Heidi Klum say 'auf wiedersehen'

Massachusetts readers may be interested to learn that TV host and model Heidi Klum has announced that she has officially filed divorce papers against her husband, singer Seal. This divorce announcement comes after the couple told the media in January that they had decided to separate. The couple has been married for seven years.

How to talk to your kids about your divorce

One of the most difficult things about going through a divorce can be talking to your kids about it. However, experts stress the importance of communicating often with your children to foster a healthy, trusting relationship. It also allows your children to voice their concerns throughout the divorce process.

Dennis Rodman faces jail time for unpaid child support

Child support is often part of any divorce or child custody case that involves minor children. Child support is typically paid to a custodial parent by the noncustodial parent to assist with living expenses for the child. It is ordered to be paid on a monthly basis in many cases, and there are severe consequences in Massachusetts and elsewhere for someone who willfully fails to honor his or her court-ordered obligation to pay.

Sweeping alimony overhaul in Massachusetts

Sweeping alimony changes have proven popular with citizens of Massachusetts. In the past, alimony payments proved higher than most other states, partially because the state awarded lifetime alimony for short marriages. With the new reforms, there are now clear rules outlining alimony duration and virtually eliminating lifetime support. The new rules also allow judges to end alimony payment to ex-spouses who are cohabitating with new partners, regardless of marital status.

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