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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August 2016 Archives

Which parent pays in the pursuit of a child's athletic dream?

Children of divorced parents are extremely common today; this includes children pursuing their dreams of winning an Olympic gold medal. Famous Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps was a child of divorce, as are many others in pursuit of their Olympic dreams. But, what does the financial situation look like for Mom and Dad when their financial lives have splintered and their son or daughter is going for gold? The average child support payment will not even begin to cover the types of training, equipment and travel costs related to pursuing an Olympic dream.

Massachusetts couples are governed by common law divorce

All marriages are susceptible to a divorce. Most marriages start with the best intentions but, as many married couples know, there can be things that drive the couple apart over time. Divorce is an option for Massachusetts married couples seeking to go their separate ways. In Massachusetts, divorce is governed by common law.

Do parents of special-needs children have higher divorce rate?

Many studies have pointed to higher divorce rates in families that contain special-needs children. These findings say that the stresses of raising a special-needs child in comparison to children without special needs puts unprecedented stress on a marriage. This in turn, causes couples of special-needs children to divorce more frequently. But are these findings a situation of cause-and-effect or are the findings mistaking coincidental events?

Child custody modification can be made if unfit custody scenario

If you and your child's parent have a child custody arrangement that needs an overhaul, you should be considering how a child custody modification could benefit your family. Depending on the circumstances, the custody arrangement may need modification for a number of reasons. Maybe the child is getting older and needs or wants a different arrangement based on their school or work schedule. Maybe one or the other parent has had a hard time sticking to the original arrangement for whatever reason. There are ways to legally amend the existing child custody arrangement to make it a better arrangement for you and your family.

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