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January 2014 Archives

Is child custody being based on gender in Massachusetts?

The divorce process tends to come with a good deal of stress, especially when children get stuck in the midst. Child custody can become fiercely contested in many divorces involving children. Massachusetts judges are required to consider a child's best interest as the primary factor in any decisions that are made regarding custody and visitation rights. The idea that many child custody decisions could be based on personal presumptions is shocking to some.

Why there is a divorce increase during winter

Massachusetts lawyers explain why more people file for divorce in January and February than any other months of the year. The reasons for higher divorce in winter months are complicated and are due to various factors. In some cases, the stress of having spent too much money during the holidays puts couples under a financial burden going into the new year. During the holidays, people may feel resentment over having to spend time with relatives they do not enjoy being around. Some couples have only stayed together during the holidays for the sake of their kids' happiness.

Medical abuse and parents' child custody rights

When most people hear of a Massachusetts child custody dispute, the automatic assumption is that the parties are two parents who cannot reach an agreement on the care and custody of a shared child or children. In reality, challenges to a parent's child custody rights can come from a variety of sources, and sometimes even from individuals or agencies unfamiliar with the child or family. Such is the case in a well-publicized story in which claims of medical child abuse play a central role.

Spousal support reform a trend in Massachusetts and other states

Massachusetts was one of the first states to enact alimony reform to make paying for spousal support more predictable and fair. Paying alimony would be more like paying child support, which would be based on length of marriage and measurable factors instead of differences in amounts and duration with the old approach. This spousal support reform movement has been sweeping the country from Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey to Colorado.

Divorce rate in Massachusetts is one of the lowest

The divorce rate in Massachusetts is one of the lowest in the United States. A study shows that Northeastern states such as Massachusetts have lower divorce rates for men. Several southern states, on the other hand, have divorce rates that are higher than the national average.

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