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Social media helps locate non-payers of child support

Here's something interesting to think about if you're going through divorce or struggling to get child support from your ex in Massachusetts. Social media is a great way to stay connected, but social media can also be used in court.

According to a story from July 17, one mother reported that she has received only $189 in child support in over three years from her child's father. This is despite the fact that the child is suffering from leukemia.

Mother and 3 sons subjects of Amber alert in Maine, Massachusetts

A mother involved in a child custody dispute now has to go through a competency exam after failing to return her children on time. The July 16 report claims that the woman and her children were the subjects of an Amber alert after she took her children to Maine in violation of her custody agreement.

After allegedly stalking her children, she was arrested. The woman has now had to appear in the Superior Court in Rockville, and she will have to take a competency evaluation. That evaluation was requested by her lawyer.

The online side of a divorce in Massachusetts

Before sites like Facebook showed up and connected everyone, some people thought that divorce was not quite so hard. People would take down the wedding photos that they had around the house, and all evidence of that marriage could easily be gone. These days, things are much more complicated.

One man who got divorce recounted how hard it had been for him to decide what to do with the pictures that he had on his Facebook page with him and his wife. He thought that he needed to get rid of them so that he could forget her, heal and move on. Some friends told him just to leave it alone. He debated it for a while and ended up drinking a bottle of whiskey while trying to sort through all of his online photos and delete the ones that he could.

Murray and Jewel divorce following close to 6 years of marriage

It's likely that you've heard about the country singer Jewel in Massachusetts, or perhaps you've heard about her soon-to-be ex-husband who is known for his rodeo career. They have been together for 16 years, close to six of which have been while they've been married. They are now reportedly getting a divorce, hoping to find greater happiness outside their relationship.

According to Jewel, 40, she and her husband would like to continue raising their son as partners. Their child will be 3 in July. They are reportedly committed to raising their child together as friends. She claims they hold each other in high esteem and believe they will be able to grow from their separation.

There has been no real news on why the couple has decided to split up, but Jewel claimed that it was because the relationship had stifled them, stopping them from growing anymore as people. Since they felt that they could be happier apart, divorce was the only answer that made sense.

Pets: Property or people in Massachusetts?

Here's an interesting thought that you may not have considered having to face in your Massachusetts divorce: Your dog. Did you know that your dog will not be treated as a child or person but instead as a piece of property to be divided just like a home or vehicle? This article from June 20 discusses how to handle your pet in a family law court.

It's become more common for people to fight over their pets during a divorce; Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas, for instance, have three dogs that Griffith wants custody of. Because of the amount of money people spend on their pets, the idea that obtaining custody of a pet may be costly is no laughing matter. The law sees a pet as a "thing," so if you want to keep your pet, you might have to give up another asset to "pay" for the right to have your pet.

Berry to pay $16,000 per month in child support

If you're concerned about getting enough child support or having to pay too much child support in Massachusetts, it's wise to consider your options before heading to court. There may be a way to settle on an amount that is fair to your child and yourself without having to get a judge to rule on it.

If you think your child support is high, take a look at the bill Halle Berry will have to pay each month according to this June 10 report. She was allegedly part of a lawsuit with her ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry, and now she's expected to pay $16,000 per month in child support. That amount is supposedly going to go to her 6-year-old daughter each month to support her until she turns 19 years old or graduates from high school.

Griffith and Banderas enter family law court for divorce

Massachusetts-based readers who are fans of Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas may have heard about their recent decision to divorce. According to People magazine, this divorce may be worth around $50 million, and the couple also shares a child who has just left high school. Their divorce comes after 18 years of marriage, according to the news.

No matter when a divorce takes place or how amicable it may be, it can still be a tiring and difficult time emotionally and physically. If you've gone through a divorce or are getting a divorce now, then you may understand the struggle that comes with determining how to divide so many years of assets. In this case, Griffith has filed for divorce and is asking for child support, sole physical and joint legal custody of the couple's 17-year-old daughter and spousal support.

Divorce legal in at least 19 states for same-sex couples

In Boston, divorce for any kind of married couple has been normal for the last few years. In other states, that hasn't been the case, which is why if you were married in Massachusetts and are struggling with divorce outside the state, you may have to return to get one. That may be changing though. Some people have been excited over recent news that even more states are recognizing homosexual marriages, and this May 22 report discusses the importance of that recognition when it comes to divorce.

According to the news, when a pair goes through a marriage in one state but is unable to legally get divorced, that can lead to a number of issues. One man allegedly found his house ransacked and his spouse gone when his marriage failed, but he was still legally bound to his spouse due to the inability to get a divorce in their state of Pennsylvania. When Pennsylvania lifted the ban on same-sex marriages, he filed for divorce and became the first one in Lehigh County.

Man aims to stop celebrity divorce

If you've been through a divorce or are divorcing in Massachusetts, you could have been influenced by family members, friends, therapists or other authorities. The man in this story is now suggesting that celebrities may be a major influence on people divorcing, and he's trying to stop them from doing so.

According to this story from May 20, the man and grandfather has founded The Society for the Prevention of Celebrity Divorce with the hopes of stopping fickle celebrity divorces. He reportedly believes that marriages are commitments, not sponsorship opportunities; that opinion might hit hard in Hollywood.

Divorce rate stable in Massachusetts, according to data

Massachusetts has always been one of the states that was ahead of the rest in certain areas, like the legalization of same-sex marriages. Now, same-sex divorce has also been in the limelight, but there are some data points that may be of interest to you. For instance, the May 18 report indicates that the 2004 legalization of same-sex marriages hasn't had much of an impact on the amount of divorces in the state.

According to the news, the rate of divorce has varied very little since 2004 when same-sex marriages were legalized. By legalizing the marriages, gay couples could also have recognized divorces, allowing them the same rights as opposite-sex marriages already were allowed. What kind of statistics are you looking at? You will find that when it comes to divorce, the rate in Massachusetts has stayed at approximately 2.2 divorces per 1,000 marriages, regardless of whether the marriage is same- or opposite-sex in nature.

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