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January 2013 Archives

Massachusetts faces new legal issues with same-sex divorce

Same-sex marriage is currently legal in nine states, including Massachusetts, as well as Washington, D.C. However, same-sex divorce is already starting to affect the legal system and same-sex couples in these states. The complications arise from same-sex couples who move out of the state in which they married and from legislation that affects same-sex marriage.

Reducing child support payments may give children more money

Massachusetts may benefit from an idea that other states are starting to use. The idea: If low-income parents have lower required child support payments, children might actually receive more financial benefit from child support. It may seem like an unconventional approach, but the logic behind the idea is simple.

Massachusetts gray divorce presents unique financial challenges

Statistics show that divorces among seniors, known as gray divorce, is becoming more commonplace in Massachusetts and elsewhere. However, a divorce of this nature poses unique challenges. When a couple has spent many years saving for retirement and amassing other financial assets together, it can be delicate work to divide up these assets in a way that allows both spouses to maintain a retirement plan.

Russian adoption ban could complicate family law matters

Massachusetts families who are seeking to adopt a child are likely disheartened by the recently announced Russian ban on American adoptions of Russian children. The United States has a long history of adopting children from abroad, and this change in Russian policy will lead many to look elsewhere for their newest family members. Unfortunately, there are a number of American families that are currently in the middle of the adoption process for Russian children, and their family law needs have become far more complicated in recent weeks.

Court struggles over potential same-sex divorce

Massachusetts residents may be aware of an unusual divorce case making headlines across the nation. The case involves a transgender man who is seeking a divorce from his wife. The details of the case have a family court judge in one state struggling to accurately define not only gender specifications, but also untangle the legalities of one marriage. The outcome will help clarify the manner in which courts across the nation address issues related to same-sex divorce.

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