Claudette-Jean Girard, Attorney at Law
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Family Law Attorney

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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November 2015 Archives

How is divorce categorized in Massachusetts?

While the end of a marriage is something that happens quite frequently in Massachusetts, many people are unaware of the difference between fault and no-fault divorce. Nor are they aware of the specifics of contested and uncontested divorce. Before moving forward with the process, it is important for the spouses to have a grasp on the different aspects and factors in a divorce. With a contested divorce, one of the spouses is disagreeing with the decision on the part of the other spouse to the divorce or its terms. With an uncontested divorce, both spouses are in agreement about the filing.

What kinds of decisions can a guardian make?

For many Massachusetts residents, the American ideal of the nuclear family is simply unrealistic. There are many reasons why a child may not be able to be raised in a nuclear family. Sometimes one or both of the parents pass away, there is abuse in the home, or the parents are simply unfit to raise the child. In such situations, it can be in the children's best interests to be raised by someone other than a biological parent.

How is child support enforced?

As many Massachusetts parents know, child support can be an ongoing battle. Even after the initial amount is agreed upon, parents may still find themselves in a situation in which it is difficult to either continue paying the set amount, or get the other spouse to honor their end of the deal. When a spouse refuses to pay child support, life can become difficult for the custodial parent. Thankfully, there are options available.

TV star in child custody battle

Massachusetts parents who are going through a divorce often have a lot to worry about. Not only do they have to be concerned with the divorce components common in every case - property division, alimony and the like - there are also additional divorce components unique to those with children. Among these components are child custody and child support, which can prove to be among the most contentious issues in a divorce. Though it may not always be possible to resolve such issues amicably, it is often possible to come to a divorce agreement that not only satisfies the children's best interests, but the interests of the parents as well.

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