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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.

Post-divorce communication with your ex

Many people know how important communication is during a marriage, and when a couple is unable to discuss things with each other this can lead to a divorce. Some people also talk with each other while they are in the process of splitting up, such as those who work with a divorce mediator. However, you may want to keep in touch with your ex after the divorce for many reasons. In this blog, we will examine some of the reasons why it may be important to maintain healthy communication with your former spouse, if you are able to.

Defend yourself from a restraining order

Couples who file for divorce in Massachusetts may have already tried many tactics to reconcile their differences and make the marriage work. By the time divorce proceedings begin, both are emotionally drained and often angry. A restraining order may be used to gain an advantage in the settlement or as a method of retaliation. At Armstrong Law, P.C., we have experience defending clients from misuse of a protective order.

Financial problems and child support payments

Parents lose the ability to pay child support for different reasons, such as a health crisis that came out of the blue or a reduction in work hours or the termination of a position altogether. Unfortunately, a parent who is facing financial problems may experience additional hardships if they fall behind on their child support order. For example, they may run the risk of being arrested or face many other complications, from tax refund interception to losing the ability to travel overseas. As a result, you should look into your options if you expect to find yourself out of work and are worried about staying caught up on child support.

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