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Definition of paternity in Massachusetts

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families has a website that includes information on the rights of unmarried fathers. The site contains a wealth of information directed toward fathers who need information about their rights even when not married to the other of their children.

Old-fashioned families gone

The family portrayed in the TV show Leave it to Beaver doesn't exist anymore, according to an article in Time Magazine. The nuclear family, in which the father went to work every day and the mother stayed at home, is gone. But what has replaced it?

How much does a Massachusetts divorce really cost?

One can easily find divorce lawyers advertising services for as little as $299, $100 or even $99. These kinds of fees, if they really exist, are only for people who have already agreed on everything, have no children and no property such as a house or vehicle, bank accounts, retirement accounts or other assets. Most people will pay a lot more than this to get a divorce.

Decline in national and Massachusetts divorce rates

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that the prophets of doom and gloom about divorce and its consequences may need to rethink their arguments. According to the CDC, the divorce rate declined between 1990 and 2011 in all states that reported to the CDC, based on calculations of divorces per 1,000 people. This is presumably positive news for those who see divorce as an indicator of societal fracturing.

Cycle of domestic violence ends in death for Brockton woman

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.

Why women stray

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.