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No-fault divorce in Massachusetts could save lives

The fact that some marriages end in divorce is a reality that all couples thinking of marching down the aisle must consider. Some states are beginning to wonder what actions can be taken to reduce the divorce rate. While states such as Massachusetts have found no-fault divorces to be effective, one state has even proposed removing the option for couples who have young children.

Will Congress follow Massachusetts in same-sex partner adoption?

There have been huge gains made in the civil rights movement in the last 100 years. Knowing this, it is difficult to conceive that some people are still being discriminated against in modern times. Same-sex couples are still seeking equality. However, a bill soon to be presented to Congress will take a step in the right direction by banning discrimination in adoptions based on sexual orientation. While some states, such as Massachusetts, have laws allowing same-sex partner adoption, 39 states do not have laws that ban discrimination against the LGBT population.

Massachusetts parents learn from public child support struggles

There are few people who have gone through a divorce and said it was a blissful process. Many times, it is a contentious battle filled with strong emotions. For those without children who seek divorce, a relatively clean break can be made; however, those with children are forever attached to one another through their children even after the final divorce decree has been announced. When issues of child support are on the table, proceedings can become and remain bitter. Parents in Massachusetts can learn this lesson by following the story of Jermaine Jackson, a famous member of the Jackson 5.

Massachusetts study supports same-sex marriage and parents

Issues of gay rights have been widely reported in the news in recent weeks as the U.S. Supreme Court considers the issue. If the Supreme Court rules that a ban against same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, the lives of many gays and lesbians in Massachusetts and across the United States could be positively affected. Recently, one of the Supreme Court justices expressed concern over the decision he was forced to consider. His main concern was about the well-being of children parented by same-sex couples. A recent study conducted by Boston University should put any concerns at rest.

Massachusetts divorce laws could begin a nationwide trend

Almost a year ago, Massachusetts revised their divorce laws. Little did they know that their revisions could spark a nationwide trend as now other states are considering changing their divorce laws in a similar fashion, and the rest of the nation watches. One of the main issues being addressed through the revisions is alimony.

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