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September 2018 Archives

Be prepared before starting divorce mediation

If you are one of the many Massachusetts residents who is ready to file for divorce and who wishes to utilize the mediation process, you may think that filing now and figuring things out along the way is the way to go. The truth is, before you start divorce mediation sessions, you should have a plan in place for how you are going to take care of yourself during the process and after your divorce is finalized. Divorce simply takes more preparation than people tend to realize. 

Child custody and a child's wishes

When children are young, they may not think too much about which parent they live with when their parents get divorced. As they get older, they may start to express their opinions on the matter. In Massachusetts, does a child's wishes regarding child custody matter to the court?

Massachusetts child support: What is the PIP program?

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue works diligently to ensure children are receiving the financial support owed them by their parents. The sad reality is, many parents who are ordered to pay child support fail to do so. Enforcement options are in place that allow the DOR to intercept money meant for the parent and transfer it to the children. The payment intercept program is one way that the DOR does this.

Same-sex spouses going through gray divorce also need QDROs

Some people who are in nontraditional marriages may think that when they go through the divorce process, it is different for them than it is for traditional couples. The truth is, it's not. In Massachusetts, it is the same process for same-sex couples and heterosexual couples. When same-sex spouses divorce, particularly just before or during their retirement years, they, just like every other couple in their same position, need to concern themselves with splitting retirement accounts or assets in a way that will not have too big an impact on their standard of living when all is said and done.

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