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July 2014 Archives

Divorce mediation may help to avoid future litigation

Couples in Massachusetts that are considering divorce may want to avoid costly and ongoing litigation. Each spouse would likely want to protect his or her own interests. In addition to property division, child custody and spousal support, couples may find it difficult to agree on matters such as child support. More and more divorcing couples are opting to make use of services such as divorce mediation, arbitration or collaborative divorce.

Judge orders divorce mediation to settle trust fund issues

Massachusetts couples who are considering divorce may identify with a multitude of contentious issues that may produce stumbling blocks along the way. This is especially true when there are children involved. More and more divorcing couples and family courts are recognizing the value of divorce mediation to avoid years of ongoing litigation.

Same-sex spouses only eligible for SSA benefits in nuptial states

While nontraditional families across America continue the battle for equality regarding laws relating to same-sex marriage and divorce, the wheels of change are slowly turning. Since part of the Defense of Marriage Act was declared unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court on June 26, 2013, same-sex spouses have been granted a host of benefits relating to marriage and divorce, even for couples who reside in states where same-sex marriages are not recognized. However, same-sex couples who got married in Massachusetts may want to be aware of exclusions where state laws rule.

Social Security benefits for same-sex divorce after 10 years

Just over a year after the U.S. Supreme Court announced the changes to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), federal benefits of same-sex couples were recently expanded. However, without extensive expansion of legislation, same-sex spouses will remain in an indeterminate state in matters relating to Social Security benefits. Gay couples in Massachusetts may want to acquire knowledge of the recent changes in Social Security rules and regulations pertaining to nontraditional families and same-sex divorce benefits.

Understanding child custody laws may avoid disputes and trauma

It is not uncommon for Massachusetts couples who are considering divorce to hold back on filing in court because of the trauma that is often associated with child custody disputes. Couples may find it beneficial to gain knowledge on matters related to child custody. Once they understand how it works, they may agree that it is possible to work through the issues and find mutual agreement about child custody and parenting plans.

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