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June 2014 Archives

Child custody case delayed for father in the Navy

In a case that has drawn attention all over the United States and in Massachusetts, a Navy father is fighting for parenting time and child custody of his daughter, who is 6 years old. A court hearing for the child custody case was scheduled during a time when the father would have had to miss it because he was being deployed to sea. The father requested that the judge delay the case so that he could attend the hearing.

Fathers want equal rights in child custody disputes

In recent years, men have been recognized for taking a more active role in their children's lives. However, a perceived disparity still exists when it comes to fathers across the United States and here in Massachusetts being treated equally in child custody disputes. Many state legislatures are now rethinking child custody laws and making the process fairer to fathers.

Knowing one's assets and budget is important during divorce

Although the emotional aspect of divorce can naturally be challenging, the financial aspect can be difficult to handle as well. When a person gets divorced, they typically have to confront the fact that the marital household will soon be separated into two distinct households. That, of course, can have significant financial implications. A few tips can help a person to make it through a divorce while being as financially stable as possible in Massachusetts.

Obtaining Social Security benefits after a divorce

Some divorced Massachusetts retirees may not be aware that they could receive Social Security benefits based on the work history of an ex-spouse. If an individual qualifies, he or she may be eligible for benefits of up to 50 percent of what a former spouse receives, or will receive, at the full federal retirement age, which is currently 66 years of age. If the other spouse is already receiving Social Security, it does not matter how long it has been since the divorce.

Why are more women initiating divorce later in life?

Many Massachusetts readers know that the divorce rate in the United States seems to hover around 50 percent. It would appear that a substantial number of the people getting a divorce are middle-aged. The AARP, Inc. reports that 66 percent of midlife divorces are initiated by women.

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