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Consequences of divorce when kids are in college

Family is important to many Massachusetts parents. When kids are young and in the house, parents may feel more obligated to stay together to raise their kids. Two-parent households often feel more effective in raising children.

But when kids go to college parents may think it is a good time to split up and finally get a divorce. Parents may think this will be an easier time to divorce since the kids are out of the house and may feel less affected by it.

Modifications of divorce in Massachusetts

Every divorce is different. As circumstances change, your divorce agreement may need a divorce modification. Once approved by the judge, your divorce agreement becomes an order of the court. Even if both parties agree to a change made in the agreement, it may be wise to submit the modification to the court for approval.

A case that results in a modification typically involves a substantial change. These changes may range from the loss of a job that affects child support to a case where one parent moves out of state. It is important that your divorce agreement be drafted properly so that the court can modify it.

Fuel for Thought: Higher Education

For many parents, the summer months are a time for vacations, relaxation and time spent with their children. Yet, with each summer that passes, parents may be more aware of the looming costs for their children's higher education.

Nesting as a co-parenting alternative

Every generation of parents has the opportunity to respond to new evidence in best parenting practices. Today, a popular co-parenting arrangement called nesting, is being championed as the most child-centered approach.

Traditionally, as a marriage ends, each couple finds a new home and the children move back and forth between the two homes. Nesting is an arrangement where divorced or separated couples rotate being in the family home with the children. Get to know this option before deciding if it's right for you. 

Supplementary legal advice can be helpful in a family law matter

I would like a second opinion on that.

That's hardly an unusual request, is it?

In fact, we suspect that readers of our family law blog across Massachusetts solicit supplementary viewpoints on things of personal importance all the time. It is an act of prudence and extra input that can lead to more reasoned decision making.

Joint custody in divorce … for your pet?

Is your beloved dog – or cat, or horse or, as cited in a recent media piece, boa constrictor – akin in your mind to the living-room sofa? That is, would you ever equate your animal companion to some piece of personal property you bought at the store?

We didn’t think so. Historically, judges have done so, though.

Survey focuses on boomer-aged divorced women, money management

Seemingly, there is nothing quite like a divorce to alter the perceptions of many women regarding money management during marriage.

A recent Bloomberg article visiting that topic and related matters employs the work “stark” to describe the difference in attitudes toward financial decision making between married and divorced women.

Concerns unique to gray divorce

While fifty years ago less than 2.8 percent of Americans over age 50 were divorced, today more than 15 percent are. Even just since 1990 the divorce rate for adults ages 50 plus doubled and it nearly tripled for those ages 65 and older. However, the divorce rate is not equally divided and impacts certain demographics at a higher rate.

The instability of remarriages

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