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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 cour ...

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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 to the Massachus ...

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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, in ...

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Parenting Schedules and Virtual Visitation

When interacting with a child or children becomes difficult for a parent because of distance, virtual visitation could help families stay connected. Here is some information those in Massachusetts might like to know about electronic visitation. If a non-custodial parent is entitled to visitation rights, then virtual visitation rights might be an option too. These rights are not meant to replace real world interaction but can supplement parenting time when in-person meetings are not possible. Arr ...

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How are Alimony and Spousal Support Calculated?

During the divorce, the court might order one party to pay alimony (spousal support) to the other.   A judge looks at each case individually and uses a number of factors to determine if one party deserve support or not. Both men and women can request support, but it is not a guarantee for either spouse. When considering Massachusetts family law and deciding whether to award alimony, as well as in what amount and for what duration, the court considers: •    The marriage length •    Each party ...

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Who Gets The House In A Massachusetts Divorce

Going through a divorce is challenging, unsettling and even frightening. Having to divide property only adds to the stress.  A family law question that most divorcing couples ask is who gets the house?  It is often the largest asset that a couple has and can easily become a point of serious contention during divorce proceedings. While some states recognize the idea of community property, in which both spouses own all property jointly and split it down the middle in a divorce, Massachusetts does ...

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Child Custody If You Are Moving From Massachusetts to New Hampshire

Divorce can be a difficult experience, and it is sometimes made even harder when there are children involved, particularly if both parents want sole custody of the children. Unfortunately, child custody can become an even trickier situation if one parent has moved or is planning on moving out of the state, for example from Massachusetts to New Hampshire. MGL c.208 s.30 Massachusetts General Law discusses how child custody and moving across state lines are handled. This applies to both old and ne ...

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Division of Assets in a Massachusetts Divorce

How are the automobiles, money accounts, insurance policies, retirement accounts, home and all the rest divvied up? When it comes to family Law and divorce, Massachusetts is an “equitable distribution” state, meaning that property division, including debts, be fair.  This does not mean that the split is 50/50 but rather that a judge or arbitrator divides the assets and debts according to what he deems fair and equitable. The state recognizes marital property, which is property and de ...

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Massachusetts Family Law and Child Support

If you have ever had to deal with Family Law in the state of Massachusetts, you know that it can be a bit confusing. This is rather frustrating when not knowing your rights and not knowing how to get through the laws can mean the difference between keeping your kids and losing them. Sometimes what’s at stake is somehow even more important than the custody of your kids. Sometimes what’s at stake is making sure you can put food on the table for your kids. If you have won custody alread ...

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Family Law and modifying the terms of a divorce

Divorce settlements aren’t always permanent. You might need to return to court post divorce for a variety of reasons. But keep in mind that you may only return to court for a divorce modification if you or your ex-spouse have a change of circumstances to warrant further legal proceedings. If you move to a different area, or if your job changes, these are valid reasons to contact your attorney to discuss modifying the original agreement.  These are only a few of the possible life changes yo ...

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