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How does child custody and visitation work?

One of perhaps the worst consequences of a divorce is that kids can get caught up in the middle of their parents' arguments. One of the decisions that many parents have to make is how to determine the custody arrangements when they split up with the children's other parent. Massachusetts family law judges generally award non-custodial parents visitation rights with their children.

Negotiations during a divorce must be handled carefully

The process of going through a divorce means that you're going to have to make a lot of decisions about various aspects of your life. This includes figuring out who is going to get what in the property division agreement and what's going to happen with the children. For many people, all of this happens during a series of negotiations. While this method of resolving things does provide you with more control over what happens, it isn't always easy to do because you're working so closely with your ex.

Why women divorce

Despite the persistent stereotype of a middle-aged woman being left by her husband for a younger woman, almost 70% of divorces in Massachusetts and the rest of the United States are initiated by wives. All divorces are unique in their own way, but several issues are cited repeatedly by women as reasons for divorcing.

Seeking an annulment as a Catholic becomes easier

Divorce is a touchy subject among Catholics in Massachusetts and the rest of the world. In fact, disagreements on the subject of divorce caused many other denominations to spring up and separate from the church, perhaps most notably, the Anglicans. This is because the Catholic church generally treats marriage as a permanent arrangement unless the spouses receive an annulment.

Penalties on back child support in Massachusetts

When it comes to child support payments in Massachusetts, many people consider the Bay State as one of the toughest. For example, the Mass.gov website warns that the state may still take actions against parents who fall behind, even if they make voluntary extra contributions to their past-due balance every week.

What is involved in paternity testing?

Fathers who have not legally established a relationship with their children should consider taking a paternity test. As a legally recognized father in Massachusetts, you would have greater child custody and visitation rights and can also more directly provide for your children. A DNA test is an important way to clarify your biological relationship with your children, and according to the Cleveland Clinic, it is a pretty simple process.

Alimony may not be forever

Spousal support is often granted upon separation or divorce of a Massachusetts couple and is separate from child support. Also known as alimony, it is funds provided to the lower-earning spouse by the higher earning partner to maintain the standard of living set when the couple lived together.

What should I include in my prenup?

So, you are one of the many Massachusetts residents that opt to sign a prenuptial agreement each year. After the initial challenge of discussing the matter with your partner and perhaps getting them to agree, you are probably now wondering what to include in your prenup.

Should you have a prenup?

If you are getting married in Massachusetts you are probably not thinking about divorce, and a prenuptial agreement may be the last thing on your mind. However, having one can protect you and your spouse from losing key assets or from gaining debt in the event your marriage does break apart. Even in the happiest of relationships, a prenup can be beneficial.

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