The intersection of divorce and domestic violence is always sad. Sometimes it is tragic, as in the case of a Brockton woman who was allegedly killed by her estranged husband. The woman's story, unfortunately, illustrates perfectly how difficult it is for many victims of domestic violence to get free of an abusive relationship.
Although adultery is seldom used as a reason for divorce in Massachusetts, the law prohibiting infidelity is still on the books. A blogger at the Huffington Post has listed five reasons that women use to justify having an affair - a circumstances that frequently lead to divorce, even though in many instances divorce is not really what women want.
Don't sign a child support agreement until you understand clearly the expenses that child support is supposed to cover in Massachusetts. In this state, child support is just that - support. It is intended to cover food, clothing and toiletries, and shelter. Anything else depends on whether a judge determines that they represent a child's best interests.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced that it would begin to look at the claims that taxpayers make about alimony - either paying or receiving. This adds yet another potential challenge to the already difficult arena of divorce finances.
An advice column in the Boston Herald recently provided the following answer to a frequently asked question. The reader asked whether she should introduce her new boyfriend to her children, and maybe invite him to move in, before her divorce was final . She had been married to an abusive man for years and is now seeking alimony, child support and sole legal and physical child custody.
The Massachusetts Family Law Group reminds divorced parents to help their children celebrate their dads on Father's Day. No matter how you may feel about your ex, he is still the father of your children. It's important to support and encourage this relationship.
One of the most worrisome factors for divorcing Massachusetts couples is the fear that one's standard of living will shift dramatically downward. As the saying goes,"two can live as cheaply as one," but maintaining two households with two sets of bills definitely costs more money each month.
None of our Massachusetts readers ever want to think about the divorce process. Instead, they hope that their marriage lasts forever. While this is the way things work out for many, others run into relationship trouble along the way.
Celebrity divorce and child custody battles often seem petty, unnecessarily expensive, and bad for any children involved. However, one recent custody dispute raises interesting issues about artificial insemination and the validity of informal agreements relating to legal matters.
The Massachusetts law libraries web page contains important information about divorce in Massachusetts. The FAQ provided includes answers to questions such as
In our previous post, we listed some common questions about divorce. In this post, we summarize the answers provided on the website of the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries.