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QDRO important for some going through divorce in Massachusetts

Spousal support is one of the issues that can be contentious in a divorce in Massachusetts. This can be especially true in cases of divorce after a long marriage, when the amount paid to a former spouse can be the cause of long negotiations that sometimes end with a court being asked to decide the amount and duration of spousal support. In addition to monthly payments that are common in such situations, in some cases a lump sum amount can be paid in the form of spousal support.

Massachusetts spousal maintenance a family law issue

The debate over the way that military disability benefits are divided in a divorce in Massachusetts or across the country continues after the highest court in the nation refused to hear a recent case on what seems to be an ongoing controversy. As it stands, family law authorities note, states disagree on whether or not to divide the disability payments as a part of income during divorce. Some include the disability benefit as income, while others do not.

Spousal support modifications after divorce in Massachusetts

Though the orders issued as a result of a divorce (such as child support and spousal support) are mandatory orders, there are situations in which a person in Massachusetts can seek modifications. It can be difficult in some cases to successfully modify orders like spousal support, though some give it their time and effort, hoping for the best outcome. One example can be found in the ex-wife of a County Supervisor in another state. For this woman, the request for a modification in spousal support arrangements came years after the divorce was final.

Massachusetts child support: Failure to pay hurts everyone

Parents who have failed to pay court ordered child support for their kids in Massachusetts owe $1.6 billion. There are reportedly over 32,000 non-custodial parents that individually owe more than $10,000 in back child support in our state. There are mechanisms that agencies use to find these non-paying parents, but when a person leaves the state, the task can be more difficult, and the totals increase even higher.

Halle Berry's child custody case continues

Massachusetts readers may be interested to learn about the ongoing legal battles between actress Halle Berry and her ex Gabriel Aubry. The child custody case revolves around the actress's desire to move her child out of the country. Berry is engaged to Olivier Martinez, an actor, who resides in France. For safety and other reasons, the couple wishes to live primarily at his home.

Massachusetts child support a separate issue from visitation

Parents in Massachusetts likely want to work hard to make sure that all decisions made during divorce are made in the best interests of their children. Among these determinations are child support and child custody arrangements. After the divorce, if there are issues in the living arrangements of a child or the payment of support, it can leave the custodial parent in a quandary about how to rectify the situation and stay on track.

Religion and divorce: how we react and cope

It can be an emotional and challenging time for some in Massachusetts as they work through the divorce process. Even in cases where the separating couple has agreed that it is best to end their union in divorce, the process of dividing the assets and property of a marriage can be stressful. For some, the emotional adjustment may take longer, even after the divorce is final.

Care is important in exercising Massachusetts guardianship

There are horror stories all over the country regarding the abuse of an individual's guardianship powers. In one case, an out-of-state woman reported that she had to endure significant hardship in obtaining legal guardianship of her father after it was temporarily granted to a professional guardian. This story reinforces the belief that Massachusetts families must take special care in the guardianship process, so as to avoid a similar story occurring to them.

Low-income parents face child support issues

Paying child support can be difficult for some fathers in Massachusetts. With the average child support award approaching up to 35 percent of a person's income, those who make a small amount each month can find it hard to pay for other expenses such as the cost of rent or heat. In addition, in some cases, the non-custodial paying father has another family that he is trying to support as well.

Real estate the subject of a lawsuit in celebrity divorce

Massachusetts residents may be interested to learn that -- as is true in many divorces -- real estate is among the main concerns of a lawsuit filed against television and movie star Parminder Nagra. Her soon-to-be ex-husband has asked a court to award him a 50-percent share of three real estate properties and $500,000 in damages. The lawsuit comes during the couple's divorce and claims that James Stenson, Nagra's soon-to-be ex, managed all of the real estate and investments for Nagra, both before and during their marriage.

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