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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October 2012 Archives

Massachusetts divorce increasingly filed by women

Couples seeking a divorce in Massachusetts typically know that it can be costly to support two households. However, for many the desire to end a marriage that is no longer working in divorce becomes so crucial that the economic costs seem less important. This is particularly the case for couples that come from long-term marriages that may be supported by two incomes and years of asset accumulation.

Massachusetts court-ordered child support payments

Massachusetts residents who are required to pay child support as a part of a court order after a divorce may be interested to learn about a case that recently took place in another state. In that case, a man was denied his request to lower his child support payments by the highest court in his state. The court found that he was not eligible to have his mandatory payment amount reduced to reflect his past overpayments.

Massachusetts spousal maintenance a family law issue

The debate over the way that military disability benefits are divided in a divorce in Massachusetts or across the country continues after the highest court in the nation refused to hear a recent case on what seems to be an ongoing controversy. As it stands, family law authorities note, states disagree on whether or not to divide the disability payments as a part of income during divorce. Some include the disability benefit as income, while others do not.

Spousal support modifications after divorce in Massachusetts

Though the orders issued as a result of a divorce (such as child support and spousal support) are mandatory orders, there are situations in which a person in Massachusetts can seek modifications. It can be difficult in some cases to successfully modify orders like spousal support, though some give it their time and effort, hoping for the best outcome. One example can be found in the ex-wife of a County Supervisor in another state. For this woman, the request for a modification in spousal support arrangements came years after the divorce was final.

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