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October 2016 Archives

The desperate efforts of some to avoid paying alimony

In some divorces in Massachusetts, the spouse who earns most will go to any lengths to avoid providing financial support to a former spouse. Only when one spouse asks for support will the court consider ordering alimony, and then only after holding a hearing to determine the need by one spouse and the other spouse's ability to pay. If the court orders spousal support, it will also determine the period for which it must be paid.

Divorce mediation may have positive long-term benefits

Ending a Massachusetts marriage will never be easy, and the prospect of having one's private affairs discussed in court may be daunting. However, for couples who still have respect for each other and who are on speaking terms, there is an alternative to litigation. Divorce mediation is an option that allows divorcing couples to discuss contentious issues in a calm and non-aggressive atmosphere with the assistance of an unbiased mediator.

Same-sex spouses and the importance of prenuptial agreements

A prenuptial agreement will not determine how long an intended Massachusetts marriage will last, nor is it signed with a future divorce in mind. A prenup can set forth everything each spouse brings into the marriage and the manner in which assets will be treated in the event of one party's death or a divorce. A properly drafted prenuptial agreement will protect the interests of both sides -- whether it involves same-sex spouses or a heterosexual couple. Also, it is not only for those with substantial assets.

Back child support remains due even after child turns 18

Trying to provide proper care for children as a single or divorced parent can be a financial challenge. Regular child support payments from the noncustodial parent can help ensure that the best interests of the child are protected. Failure to pay can lead to legal action; however, circumstances change over the years, and parents in Massachusetts who are experiencing financial hardships can apply to have the court-ordered child support amount modified.

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