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International child custody battle will continue

Massachusetts parents whose children have been moved to another country may be encouraged by a recent case. In the case, a U.S. Army sergeant is fighting for child custody of his young daughter. The sergeant married a woman from another country and they had one daughter. The mother took the girl back to her native land after their divorce.

Disparate drinking rates can lead to divorce

There are many factors that go into a Massachusetts spouse's decision to file for divorce. For some, the relationship has deteriorated slowly over time; others split over one or more infidelities. A recently released study suggests that for some couples, differences in their alcohol consumption can lead to a divorce.

False Claim of unpaid child support prevents man from working

Massachusetts residents paying child support should be aware that false claims of missed payments sometimes can have debilitating effects. One man paying child support for his 6-year-old son lost his ability to work for several months when his ex-wife made claims that were ultimately determined to be false. She claimed that he owed more than $2,500 in child support, which is when the government intervened. Although the man proved that he had made the payments, prosecutors engaged in a legal battle that lasted several months and included freezing his passport. He was unable to travel for several months, which is necessary for his work as an international businessman.

International marriages complicate child custody

Massachusetts residents that enter international marriages could find themselves with even more complicated legal struggles than those that two natives of this country encounter. This is because their unique countries of origin add to the difficulty of establishing a child custody agreement. In one such case, a woman native to this country married a non-native man and they had two children. They lived in the man's country of origin until their divorce, when the woman returned with her two young daughters.

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