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How do courts determine the 'best interests of a child'?

Throughout the court system in United States, including the courts in Massachusetts, one of the primary objectives is to protect any children involved in a divorce. The courts understand that a divorce has the potential to affect children, and it should come as no surprise to understand how or why.

Benefits should be considered in special-needs divorce planning

This blog has previously discussed the fact that parents of special-needs children may have to do more planning and negotiation than other parents, when they get divorced or separate. Putting together a shared child custody implementation plan in Massachusetts was touched on in a prior post. While most parents of such children are used to having to go the extra mile for their kids, there may be things that do not occur to them when contemplating how to proceed in a family court situation. One of these may be how any family court order could affect benefits received for the child in question.

Massachusetts parenting plans for special needs children

The emotional toll a divorce can take on both partners in a relationship is hard to overstate. The dividing of a household, the untangling of finances and debts, and the realization that one may not have someone else to depend upon all the time can create a lot of anxiety. This is often further exacerbated when children are involved, as then there will also be questions of where the kids will live, and who will be making the important decisions about their lives.

What grounds can be claimed for a Massachusetts divorce?

For much of U.S. history, the concept of divorce has been controversial. It is an area where many people's religious beliefs collide with civil law. And, in Massachusetts, with its puritan history, it is expected that there were once restrictions on the practice. While modern legal and social norms have created a different way of looking at divorce, some of the older ideas remain.

Amicable divorce favorable for parents of special needs children

Parents of special needs children are just like any other parent. This is true in that they love their children and would do anything for them. However, parents of special needs children have certain challenges that parents of non-special needs children do not have. This is because special needs children have certain requirements and need extra care and guidance in order to ensure that their needs are met.

Keep your finances favorable during and after a MA divorce

Are you and your spouse thinking about a divorce? You aren't alone. Instances of divorce tend to be higher in the new year as many people make, or plan to make, big decisions that tend to be life-altering. A main concern that many people in Massachusetts may have when divorcing, and rightly so, is how a split will affect their finances.

Four types of alimony awarded after Massachusetts divorce

When people toss around the word 'alimony,' what does it mean? Alimony is a legal term given to monthly payments made from one spouse to the other after a divorce has rendered the financial situation unbalanced. However, alimony isn't awarded in every divorce scenario.

A beginner's guide to alimony in Massachusetts

Some people are not even aware that spousal support, also known as alimony, is awarded in some Massachusetts divorce settlements. Alimony is a financial stipend paid from one spouse to the other after a divorce leaves their financial situation unbalanced in comparison to their prior standard of living. If this sounds vague, that's because it is. Alimony, much like child support, is awarded on a case-by-case basis.

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?

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