Child support payments are often a necessary part of a divorce when couples have children together. The payments are used to give children a stable life. When one parent fails to pay child support, it seems that everyone suffers.
Facebook is a medium in which people can share ideas, post pictures and reconnect with old friends. The social media website burst onto the scene not long ago, but it is now a leader in social networking, connecting people from all over the world. We all know what Facebook is, and many of us have our own accounts, but some may be unaware of the role Facebook can play in other arenas of life -- such as divorce.
Divorce can be a long and complicated process, and it may even go through multiple fits and starts. As part of that process, the typical starting point is a period of separation between the spouses during which they may reassess their marriage. Of course, it may come as no surprise to many Massachusetts readers that divorce almost inevitably follows a separation.
Martial assets are getting harder and harder to hide from one's spouse in an effort to keep from sharing it during a divorce. Those spouses in Massachusetts who attempt to hide their funds in secret bank accounts or "forget" to tell a spouse about a property they own may find that the ruse will not be as successful as it may have been in the past. Electronic discovery is making it much simpler in divorce proceedings to unearth much of the secret activity.
Massachusetts is one of the few states that recognize same-sex marriages and has since 2004. Unfortunately, the right to marry does not always bring with it other rights that heterosexual couples enjoy. One couple recently found out the difficulties that can arise in same-sex partner adoption, particularly when it comes to filing taxes.