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How will family law courts address transgender issues in divorce?

The much-publicized story of Olympian Bruce Jenner has sparked many questions in relation to child custody and visitation in circumstances in which a transgendered parent gets divorced. Although Bruce and Kris Jenner's two daughters are teenagers, many divorces in Massachusetts and other states involve a transgendered parent of young children. Regardless of the state in which such a divorce is filed, the best interests of the children are always the primary concern of the family law court.

Reaching a divorce agreement may be best achieved with legal help

Deciding to file for a divorce is a major decision for most Massachusetts couples, and it is only natural for the financial aspects of divorce proceedings to be an important consideration. With so many online solutions available, it is not uncommon for couples to choose to handle their own divorces, believing that reaching a divorce agreement will be easy. However, they are often unprepared for the many stumbling blocks they may have to face without the guidance and support of an experienced divorce attorney.

Child custody: Stumbling blocks when raising grandchildren

According to information obtained by the U.S. Census, 28,000 Massachusetts children are in the primary care of their grandparents. A wide variety of reasons exist for the growing number of grandparents taking on child custody, including parents who are in jail, who suffer mental illness or who serve in the military. However, parents abusing drugs seem to contribute largely to these numbers. Census information indicates that the majority of grandparents tasked with raising a second generation are in their fifties, with some in their late forties.

How will court ruling affect the rights of same-sex spouses?

In June of 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a law that dated back to 1996. Since DOMA was overturned, same-sex spouses in Massachusetts and 37 other states have had access to each other's federal benefits such as health insurance, Social Security benefits, veteran's benefits and retirement savings. However, at state level, many couples in other states are still being denied certain benefits that are enjoyed by heterosexual couples.

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