When it comes to divorce in Massachusetts, while it can certainly be confusing, one easy to comprehend rule is that everything related to finances must be fully disclosed. This means every single asset -- purchased together or otherwise -- and every single debt -- again, together or otherwise -- is supposed to be listed by each spouse on the financial affidavit.
When the recent scandal involving David Petraeus and his mistress exploded across Massachusetts and the rest of the nation the topic of adultery again became a topic of conversation. But this time, the subject became mixed with family law and the discussion ventured into territories where adultery could be considered a crime or, at minimum, seriously harmful to the stability of a family. Several states recognize adultery as criminal, although it is rarely prosecuted these days. However, adultery often lands couples in court for separation or divorce proceedings.
Couples in Massachusetts make a wide range of choices based on economic factors. Many put off major home improvements or family vacations when times are tough, others pare down household expenses such as electricity consumption or cut the cable television bill. A recently released study suggests that this type of financially-motivated decision making also extends to bigger issues, including the decision to file for divorce.
Massachusetts custody battles can be heart-breaking for the parents involved. However, these types of battles happen all over the nation and can result from divorce, separation or even a situation that involves in-vitro fertilization. A woman at the center of a child custody battle claims she was duped by the man who promised to act as her partner while they raised twins together. The 48-year-old woman gave birth to the twins back in July.
Recently, reports have surfaced discussing the implications for baby boomers regarding the growing trend of middle age divorce. The so-called Gray Divorce trend has been a hot topic for many in Massachusetts and across the country. The impact of the baby boomer generation on all manner of cultural, societal, political and demographic trends in the U.S. has long been studied and discussed. Many commentators say that this mid-life divorce trend is just one more way that baby boomers have and will continue to influence life and public policy.
Massachusetts state senator from the Middlesex and Essex Senate District, Hon. Katherine Clark, recently outlined some ideas and proposals for changes in family law in Massachusetts. The senator noted the importance of grandparents in the family unit and their increased role in raising children. Sen. Clark specifically addressed the challenges and obstacles grandparents often face in their attempt to help their grandchildren and her suggestions to effect change in this area.