Going through a divorce is a time filled with difficult emotions. However, most experts warn that for those in Massachusetts going through a divorce, especially those over the age of 50, it is important to think through the unexpected ramifications of each and every decision. Many women over the age of 50 rightfully worry they will not have enough money to retire while men worry they will have to delay their retirement. There are a few decisions that those going through a divorce that can help keep retirement plans on track.
Advocates for same-sex marriage have been celebrating two different rulings by the United States Supreme Court that many see as major victories for their cause. However, things aren't completely smooth sailing for same-sex couples, especially those seeking a same-sex divorce. Because same-sex marriages are relatively new element in family law, only legalized in Massachusetts in 2004, the court system has been struggling to keep up with the law. Because many states currently do not have procedures in place to handle such a divorce, the process can often be more complicated and expensive than a heterosexual divorce.
The majority of people know what their responsibilities are when it comes to caring for their children. Unfortunately for parents who have had their parental rights terminated, the issues of what they are legally responsible for becomes murky. However, a recent ruling may set a precedent regarding a parent's responsibility to pay child support across the country, including in Massachusetts.
In the case of same-sex couples who wish to have children, the application of many laws is murky due to the relative novelty of the situation. In a case that could have ramifications for sperm donors in all types of family composition, one man is fighting to avoid making child support payments for a child that was never intended to be his responsibility. Those in similar situation in Massachusetts may be interested in the outcome of the case.
Most people in Massachusetts associate the average 18-year-old more with a teenager than an adult. The assumption that they live a carefree life with few responsibilities is likely widely held. However, that is certainly not the case for one 18-year-old as he finds himself fighting for child custody of an infant daughter that he has never met before.