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February 2016 Archives

Family law: Same-sex partner may proceed with child custody case

In June 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. However, numerous issues related to other areas of same-sex family law, such as child custody, remain unsettled. Same-sex parents nationwide, including here in Massachusetts, who have no biological link to their children may have to face several challenges in the event of a relationship ending.

Conflict resolution may lessen the trauma of divorce

Some people's expectations of their marriages are unrealistic, and they might end up considering a divorce. However, it is often suggested that careful consideration must be afforded to possible remedies for the situation before taking the final step to file for divorce. Professionals are available that can help with conflict resolution, and even if the Massachusetts couple's ultimate decision is to end the marriage, divorces free of conflict are less traumatic and also less costly.

Understand finances before signing divorce agreement

Money plays a pivotal role in almost every Massachusetts divorce, regardless of whether it is an amicable or litigated proceeding. It is often suggested that anybody who is considering divorce become fully informed about the family finances, and also learn the details of post-divorce money management before signing a divorce agreement. This may be overwhelming for a spouse who has played a minor role in family finances; however, help is available from a variety of sources. Along with a divorce attorney, a financial advisor and a tax consultant can provide valuable guidance.

Charlie Sheen faces $1.2 million lawsuit for more child support

Many people in Massachusetts who consider filing for divorce explore ways in which contentious issues can be resolved without spending large amounts of money and without jeopardizing the existing relationships between parents and children. Most couples also prefer to keep personal information confidential rather than to air their issues in public. In contrast, some celebrities like Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards seem to have no qualms about sharing their child support and other issues with the world.

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