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Divorce During Covid-19

We are all tired of hearing how we are living in unprecedented times, that this is extremely difficult, and life is filled with uncertainty. We are all required to essentially remain at home with the people we live with and avoid contact with others. This is a perfect recipe to create friction, tension, fights, and an overall estrangement. This is intensified by the fact that you cannot truly take a break. Couple that with the uncertainty of income and for a lot of people, the

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When To Introduce Your New Partner To Your Children In A Divorce

There is no set number of months wherein you must wait in order to introduce a new romantic partner to your child/children.  However, when you separated from your child’s other parent, you and the other parent had time to prepare for the break up/end of the relationship, you may have been discussing it for months or weeks, but your child/children always remained hopeful that his/her parents would stay together.  Thus, your child/children’s lives are changing too. Your child/children are going from a home with both

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Child Support Is Your Most Important Financial Obligation

Child support is the most important financial obligation that a person can have.  It is more important than paying your rent/mortgage, your car payment, even your taxes.  Why?  That is simple to answer.  When you do not pay your child support, the other party can file a complaint for contempt.  If you are found guilty of contempt, then the Judge can impose a jail sentence with a specific dollar amount you can pay in order to be released from jail prior to the length ordered

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Slip and Fall on Autumn Leaves

The arrival of fall brings with it the pleasure of watching the leaves turn. Fall is famous in New England because of the many vibrant colors, from bright yellow through to deep violet, that nature treats us to as the days grow shorter. When leaves turn, though, they inevitably have to fall to the ground. Autumn invariably brings with it wet weather as well. Wet leaves, strewn along the sidewalks and streets, can pose a major risk of slips and falls. While winter’s ice and

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I am feeling fine after a minor car accident. Will skipping a doctor’s visit now hurt my chances of a personal injury settlement later?

From a purely health perspective, we would have to recommend that you get yourself checked out at a doctor. With the rush of adrenaline and nerves you experienced immediately after the accident, your body may have been suppressing pain as part of your ancient survival mechanisms. You may not realize you are injured until you have had a chance to calm down. Additionally, injuries, even serious ones, can take days to manifest themselves, or may not always have obvious symptoms. For your own health and

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What Is Child Support and how is it determined by the court in Massachusetts.

Both parents are legally obligated to provide for their children. If the parents separate, this expectation is continued through the process of child support. At the dissolution of their relationship, typically the child or children shall reside primarily with one parent and the other parent shall have parenting time with the child/children. The understanding is that with whom the child primarily resides, otherwise known as the custodial parent, will provide support through paying for the child’s daily care, while the other parent, the non-custodial parent,

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Parenting Time and Visitation Agreements

When parents separate or divorce, children are often caught in the middle. Parents struggle over custody and scheduling parenting time. Each of the participants have rights when making these important decisions. It can’t be forgotten that any agreements involving children must be in the children’s best interest. Massachusetts courts have upheld this assumption. Couples have children both in and out of wedlock. Many of these relationships don’t last. Children need to continue to have a relationship with both parents despite the difficulties parents may have

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Massachusetts Spousal Support Facts

Spousal support, also known as alimony, is court-ordered financial support paid by one spouse to the other after a divorce. It is a contentious issue, sometimes even more so than child custody or asset division. Massachusetts has four kinds of alimony, and the amount of support awarded depends on a number of factors. Either party can ask for alimony, but if awarded, the spouse who has the lower-income is usually the person who receives it. Types of Alimony Rehabilitative Alimony – The court awards this

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Massachusetts Alimony Law

Going through a divorce is never an exciting time. Most often it comes with much heartache or filled with bitterness. One of the hardest topics of a divorce is the issue of alimony and spousal support in Family Law. Alimony is when a judge orders one spouse to pay another spouse a specific amount of money every month, for a certain amount of time. The length of the marriage is a significant factor when determining the amount of alimony one can expect to receive. “According

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Getting a Divorce and Think Your Spouse is Hiding Income?

Unfortunately, divorce is a fact of life. Unsettling and even frightening, it often brings out the worst in people. This includes one spouse hiding income from the other in an attempt to keep it for himself and lessen his spouse’s settlement amount. Although penalties are in place to prevent this kind of unethical behavior, it still happens fairly frequently, particularly in marriages with a complex financial picture. The more sources of income, investment accounts, retirement accounts, insurance policies, et cetera that a couple has, the

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