Many people in Massachusetts regard a guardianship as permanent until the child reaches the age of 18, the age at which the guardianship automatically terminates. However, even though most guardianships provide significant benefits for both the parents and the ward, unexpected events can throw the ward, the guardian or the parents off track before the guardianship terminates. In such circumstances, terminating the guardianship may be the only effective recourse.
Most civil judges in Massachusetts realize that the issue of child custody in a divorce should be resolved by the parents. The legislature has provided a powerful tool to encourage divorcing parents to give meaningful consideration to child custody issues by requiring the couple to submit to the court a "shared custody implementation plan."
Many families in Massachusetts have at least one child with special needs. Planning for the future economic well-being of such a child is often a heavy burden with unforeseeable consequences. One method of easing that burden and ensuring a favorable outcome is the establishment of a special needs pooled trust.
When a Massachusetts couple with one or more minor children decides to end their marriage or relationship, one of the parents will ordinarily be required to make regular payments to the other parent to ensure that the children's basic needs are met. Some parents who are required to make such payments regard such orders as a nuisance that can be ignored at will. In Massachusetts, this assumption can result in heavy civil and even criminal penalties being assessed against the defaulting parent.
These days, divorce is a common enough event, but that doesn't mean that people aren't going to have questions about it. On the contrary, many people do not have much experience with divorce law. There is also a lot of incorrect and misleading information floating around. Getting accurate information, tailored to one's specific situation, can be very helpful. Service members may be some of those facing these kinds of unknown situations.