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The future of special-needs children requires divorce planning

If one has a family member with special needs, there are sometimes extra steps that need to be taken to ensure their well-being. They may have physical or mental disabilities that make their needs different from others. If there is a child in the family and a parent is thinking about filing for divorce, usually, there are questions related to the special child's situation during this time of change. Emotional well-being is important, but so is the fact that the special needs child is financially sound after a change in living situation, like a divorce would cause.

Understanding alimony is important for divorcing couples

There are many important considerations during divorce and many changes that come with it. One change is that one household typically becomes two households. Families have to adjust to new living circumstances following divorce and also adjust to financially maintaining two households instead of one. One method of accounting for the financial changes couples may go through, and the division of one household into two, is through alimony which is also referred to as spousal support. Spousal support is a payment made by one former spouse to the other.

Avoiding unemployment as an older stay-at-home parent

Every divorce situation is unique. Some Massachusetts residents may wish to handle their divorces outside of court through mediation. Others may want to fight for certain resolutions through litigation. Though every situation is unique, it is possible to tailor each divorce strategy so that the unique factors involved in such divorce cases are accounted for. By doing so, it is often possible to pave the way for a smooth divorce.

Who is entitled to spousal support in Massachusetts?

Massachusetts residents who have just made the decision to divorce often have many questions. Some of these questions may pertain to financial manners, that is, who is entitled to what in property division. Other questions may involve child support, child custody and other issues involving children. In some cases, too, questions surrounding alimony may arise. Alimony is not something that is relevant in every divorce case, and only certain situations entitle a person to spousal support.

The forms needed for Massachusetts no-fault divorce

Massachusetts residents going through divorce likely have a lot on their minds. There are many components to every divorce and not all of them are easy to comprehend. For many, it can help to break down each of these components and attempt to understand the basic underpinnings of each. Attorneys may be available to assist with the process. For some, too, it can help to think about the very first steps that spouses must take in order to initiate divorce.

Difference between fault and no fault divorce in Massachusetts

Massachusetts residents going through divorce likely have a lot to think about. Divorce can involve many components, including child support, child custody, alimony and property division. All of these components can involve many legal complexities. Because divorce can be such a lengthy and sometimes challenging process, it can be helpful to have an understanding of some of the legal nuances involved. Of course, attorneys may be able to help explain these nuances in greater detail.

A look at spousal support

When Massachusetts residents choose to divorce, many questions may arise. After all, there are many components that make up a divorce, and not all of them are always easily understood. Many of these components, too, involve minutia that can prove to be confusing. However, it can often help to have a general idea of how each of the components of divorce work before consulting with an attorney and devising a legal strategy.

What are the general laws for guardianship in Massachusetts?

Many family disputes and disagreements stem from worries about who will care for children if the parent dies or is incapacitated. These can be minor children or children who have special needs. The interests of the children are the top priority and, in many instances, guardianship is the best option for everyone involved. When considering guardianship, it is important to understand how Massachusetts law handles these complicated issues.

What records to keep for payers and recipients of alimony

Massachusetts residents going through a divorce may be worried about how they will maintain the quality of life they enjoyed during marriage. Sometimes, a person is a stay-at-home parent and may have been out of the workforce for years, making it extremely difficult, sometimes impossible, to reenter the workforce. Other times, an individual no longer needs to work and takes time off, which can make it difficult as well well, because many companies will not hire anyone with no recent work experience. Thankfully, alimony can be a resource for these soon-to-be divorced people.

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