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Get through your divorce with these tips for coping with stress

As many Massachusetts residents know, divorce and stress are often a package deal. Divorce causes stress because it interrupts your day-to-day operations, and there are a range of new feelings to experience and confront. You are no longer on that same schedule you were when you were married. You are single and on your own.

Foreign child support can be challenging to collect

There has been an increase in the number of parents who have been ordered to pay child support that live outside of the country. Whether due to the globalization of the economy or other reasons, the reality is that it can be difficult for states like Massachusetts to collect child support from these foreign living parents. In fact, according to some reports, it can take as many as five years or more for a foreign support obligation to be fulfilled, even when the U.S. has an agreement in place with the country in which the individual resides.

Should veterans' disability checks be factored into alimony?

Many veterans in Massachusetts may be interested to learn about a case that is being presented to the U.S. Supreme Court for consideration. The matter involves the divorce of a disabled veteran who is receiving 100 percent disability payments from the military. He has asked the nation's highest court to consider whether these disability payments should be considered in any calculation for alimony that he must pay to his former wife of 20 years.

Women starting to pay more in divorce as their salaries increase

For many years the divorce rate in Massachusetts and across the country has remained fairly stable. Authorities note that it has ranged between 46 and 53 percent for quite some time. Until recently, many of those couples deciding to divorce reached a settlement in which the wife was paid spousal support and child support by her ex-husband.

Divorce can tempt one to consider spying -- is it worth it?

When a person in Massachusetts becomes suspicious about the activities of their spouse, it might seem tempting to spy on them. Now it is easier than ever to check on a mate with technological advances such as miniature cameras, recording devices and software. When a couple is facing a divorce, some soon-to-be ex-spouses find the temptation to spy irresistible.

Divorce options plentiful for couples who can cooperate

Every divorce in Massachusetts happens for a different reason. In some cases there may be infidelity. In others, the couple seeking divorce has simply grown apart and wants to move on to another stage of their lives.

Is presumed joint child custody the right move?

Determining child custody in a divorce can be an emotional issue for both parents in Massachusetts. While each parent wants what is in the best interests of their children, they often disagree about where the children should live. Adding to the child custody question is the issue of child support for a noncustodial parent in many cases.

Seal and Heidi Klum say 'auf wiedersehen'

Massachusetts readers may be interested to learn that TV host and model Heidi Klum has announced that she has officially filed divorce papers against her husband, singer Seal. This divorce announcement comes after the couple told the media in January that they had decided to separate. The couple has been married for seven years.

Dennis Rodman faces jail time for unpaid child support

Child support is often part of any divorce or child custody case that involves minor children. Child support is typically paid to a custodial parent by the noncustodial parent to assist with living expenses for the child. It is ordered to be paid on a monthly basis in many cases, and there are severe consequences in Massachusetts and elsewhere for someone who willfully fails to honor his or her court-ordered obligation to pay.

Child support owed for twins conceived after separation, court says

In a Massachusetts divorce, child custody and support can be among the most contentious issues. Parents often argue over who will be the primary caregiver of a child and who will be responsible for the payment of child support. One recent case confronting these issues concerned children who were conceived through in vitro fertilization after the spouses were separated.

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