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Who pays for child's medical expenses after a divorce?

When going through a divorce in Massachusetts, there are a lot of things to consider and decide on. When children are involved, it gets even more complicated. An important consideration is which parent will be responsible for health insurance and medical costs. If you and your spouse cannot come to an agreement, the courts will decide who is responsible as part of the child support order. Typically one parent will provide health insurance coverage, and other medical costs are divided among both parents.

The role of stepparents in co-parenting

Divorced parents in Massachusetts have a lot to consider and agree upon in terms of child custody and visitation, child support and co-parenting. If one or both parties remarry, you suddenly have additional "parents" who are part of the picture. While some exes are naturally good at fitting the new spouses into the family dynamic, this is more rare than common. While each family needs to make this new arrangement work in its own way, there are some basic considerations that will make this new parenting situation more harmonious.

Do you need to re-do your custody agreement for the school year?

If you are divorced and have kids in Massachusetts, sending the kids back to school can throw a wrench into your custody arrangement with your ex-spouse. Even if your custody schedule worked perfectly last school season, there are many reasons why it may not be so great this year. If this is the case, make sure you work together and/or with an attorney to come up with a legal modification plan that works in everyone's best interest.

What about pet custody?

Couples going through a divorce in Massachusetts have a lot of decision making to do. One area of contention among families is who will get the pet(s). If both spouses are close with the family pet, they may fight over who gets custody and wonder if there are visitation rights. As with deciding child custody, emotions can run strongly when it comes to furry friends.

Tips for summer break and child custody

Divorced parents in Massachusetts who are detail-oriented and thorough may have already broached the subject of custody during summer break. However, even the best-laid plans can change. Whether you made initial plans and want to change them, or you are just now considering what to do over the summer, there are some tips to follow so it is a smooth process for everyone.

How many custodial parents are fathers?

There are a number of misconceptions that some people may have with respect to child custody. For example, some people may think that a father is not able to have sole custody of his or her child and that the child’s mother is always given custody. Or, some people may think that it is extremely uncommon for a father to have custody of his child. However, there are many fathers who have custody and it is essential for people who are pursuing custody to take a careful approach to this situation, regardless of their gender.

What happens in child custody cases where abuse is a factor?

If you and your minor child are escaping an abusive household via divorce, you may have concerns about Massachusetts courts awarding full or partial child custody or even visitation rights to your abusive former spouse. You have a right to protect your children, which means using the full extent of legal provisions available to demonstrate child abuse to the satisfaction of the court. Luckily, the state has a number of statutes in place to handle this matter.

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