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Here is what you need to know under the new 2017 Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines...

Massachusetts Family Law Attorney, Lisa A. Ruggieri, describes what you need to know under the new 2017 Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines.

In the dark concerning family law advocacy? Start asking questions.

If you've got family law-related matters to address, you likely also have questions.

And those queries are not only focused upon clarification regarding concepts and processes, but also concerning the attorney you should retain to advocate on your behalf as you seek to resolve legal problems.

Paternity and child support: an instructive case

We stress in today's blog post what might be reasonably termed as a slippery slope regarding paternity, which is often a fundamentally -- and sometimes, as noted below, contentious -- family law matter.

As a lead-in to a news story that recently chronicles a flatly notable paternity case, we draw readers' attention to a central point we make on the paternity page of our family law website at the Wellesley Law Offices of Lisa A. Ruggieri.

Autistic characters can help children on and off the spectrum

You probably remember reading picture books as a young child. You may have had story time before bed. You read books about characters that solved problems. You watched as they struggled and learned life lessons. While you read about these characters, you ultimately saw yourself. You used these characters to learn your own lessons. You may have channeled their strength to take on your own struggles.

Books work like mirrors. They are meant to be a tool. If you have a child on the Autism spectrum, you will want them to have the same reading experience. You will want other children to read books with characters like your child.

High-net-worth divorce: keeping things under control

The wording in the above headline for today's blog post certainly implies that things can spin out of control in a high-asset divorce, doesn't it?

In fact, they sometimes do, and for a multitude of reasons. Seasoned divorce attorneys who routinely work with wealthy individuals know that intimately well from hard-earned experience, which they have progressively refined over years to provide service that is unremittingly geared toward optimal client outcomes.

Three ways to maximize your back-to-school shopping power

If you have been paying attention to recent commercials or the change in displays at Target or Wal-Mart, the back-to-school shopping season is in full swing, even though we haven’t touched August 1st yet. Retailers want to get out in front of the competition as early as possible, but divorcing and separated parents may not have as much money to spend because of a breakup. Meanwhile, the costs of notebooks, clothing and electronics that kids need for a new school year will probably rise.

According to the Backpack Index, an annual survey that tracks the cost of school supplies and other related expenses, back-to-school costs were about $1000 for middle schoolers and $662 for elementary school kids. Of course, high school kids cost the most, with nearly $1500 in costs. Because of these increases, divorced and separated parents must be smarter about how they shop.

Divorce-related insurance division: some things to think about

Many Massachusetts residents involved in the divorce process obviously have property-related concerns, most specifically issues surrounding an equitable division of marital assets.

And within that select sphere of concerns is the division of insurance, which, as we note on our family law website at the Wellesley Law Offices of Lisa A. Ruggieri, can be especially important in divorce matters featuring spouses with minor children.

What now, settlement or scorched-earth litigation in family spat?

Both son and dad are portrayed as being lawsuit-happy as they trade barbs in the wake of the latter's recent divorce and even more recent loss of control in a major shakeup at one of Minnesota's foremost private companies.

"He loves litigation," says Michael Barry, business principal with Twin City Fan Companies, a hugely profitable entity founded by his father many decades ago.

Can you modify your alimony and childcare payments?

Your divorce was finalized a while back – alimony and child support payments were calculated based on your salary and ability to pay. But circumstances have changed, and you cannot afford the payments you used to make. Are you legally required to carry out these high payments?

Yes…and no. Not paying your support costs is considered civil contempt of court and can lead to jail time. However, the legal system allows you to alter your payments if unforeseen circumstances diminish your ability to pay.

Research findings on Massachusetts dads, peers nationally

To an impressively high degree, dads -- just like moms -- seek inclusion and the opportunity to play a key role in the lives of their children.

And what that overwhelmingly translates to is their collective aversion to being shut out on activities with their kids via onerous divorce-related rulings that materially limit visiting time and bar them from imparting their views on important matters.

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