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March 2016 Archives

Mel Gibson's former wife wants 400 percent more child support

Massachusetts custodial parents may find that the needs of children change with the pass of time and that court ordered child support is no longer sufficient. For this reason, the family court allows parents to file motions for child support modifications, as long as it is in the best interests of the children. An increased child support demand that was filed by a former wife of Mel Gibson will soon go to trial.

Same-sex family law issues related to child custody prevalent

Some nontraditional families nationwide, including some in Massachusetts, are finding out that some family laws related to their circumstances have not been updated. The fact that same-sex couples now have the constitutional right to get married does not address any family law issues related to matters such as child custody and visitation rights. A former same-sex couple is fighting a child custody battle in another state where reproductive technology, such as donor eggs, surrogacy and donor sperm, are not addressed in the laws.

Family law: U.S. Supreme Court rules for same-sex adoption

After the Supreme Court ruled about a year ago that all same-sex couples have a constitutional right to get married, Massachusetts couples might have noticed that some family laws have not been updated to accommodate all potential issues. This has led to some legal battles that might have been avoided had all aspects of family law been modified. A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in another state may benefit others who are fighting child custody battles.

Parenting plans are easier negotiated without contention

The divorce process is often associated with bitter legal fights while the divorcing parties typically determine the level of contention. Many Massachusetts couples choose to split in a manner that will allow them to continue having an amicable post-divorce relationship -- especially when there are children involved. Negotiations about visitation and parenting plans need not be contentious.

Child custody: Securing paternal rights can be complicated

There are suggestions by groups in Massachusetts, and across the country, that family laws related to paternity issues need changing. They believe the current system is rigged against unmarried fathers seeking child custody, resulting in men having to pay child support for children that are not theirs. It is the opinion of these groups that not only are biological fathers sometimes obstructed from building relationships with their children, but also the children are denied the benefits of relationships with their fathers.

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