It is often difficult for some people to relate to the lifestyles of the rich and famous. While they earn a large pay check, they also work long hours and often live with their life on display for the whole world to see. One star, John Cryer, is going through what many people in Massachusetts and across the county can relate to -- his wife is seeking a child support modification. However, some people are surprised by the increase she is requesting.
In recent months, the media has been filled with stories demonstrating the need for family law reform, specifically dealing with alimony. Many states looking to reform current laws look at the changes that took place recently in Massachusetts. While some argue that the recent changes are improvements over the old policies regarding divorce, specifically alimony, there are still areas needing clarification.
It is often a difficult and emotional decision for a couple to end a relationship. The decision is further complicated for couples who also have to come to a child custody agreement. While some parents are able to easily and amicably come to an agreement about co-parenting, others need court intervention. As more and more same-sex couples have children, some of the issues involving custody get complicated. A recent decision by one state's Supreme Court could, however, prove instructive for courts in Massachusetts and across the country.
The definition of the family unit has changed drastically over the last several decades. With the increasing acceptance of same-sex couples, families in Massachusetts can be composed of two parents and a child or more than two parents. Changes in laws in other states could that have recently began reflecting this could set a new precedent in determining child custody. For example, some states are now recognizing that a child could have more than two legal parents.
Medical technology has made amazing advances toward allowing every family to produce biological children. Although these advances have made it possible for previously childless couples to have children, they often complicate a child custody agreement in the event of the disintegration of a relationship. As a result, one family's decision to split custody of fraternal twins after the parent's relationship ended in divorce has created controversy in Massachusetts and across the nation.