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July 2015 Archives

Shared-custody bills on the rise and could soon be law

If you're involved in a custody battle, you know that it could end in one of two ways. Either you or your spouse will get the children, child support and your home, while the other person is left paying the difference. While Massachusetts didn't used to support shared parenting, it may soon become the first state with a shared parenting law. Why? People are literally going broke trying to fight for their children.

Child relocation must be in a child's best interests

After you go through a separation or a divorce, the idea of having your child taken even further away from you can be difficult. Sometimes, one parent needs to move away, though, and it is possible to negotiate a way to stay in touch so the parent who isn't the custodial parent can continue to have a good relationship with his or her child.

Do fathers have the same rights as mothers?

As a parent, you want what's best for your child. Is living with his or her mother in Massachusetts the best option? Will the court think so just because she's the mother and because she saw him or her a few hours more each day? These are questions you may have and that suggests that you need to protect your rights as a father, too.

Discipline versus abuse defined in Massachusetts

If you are getting a divorce and believe that your child is at risk of abuse if he or she is left with your soon-to-be-ex spouse, you may request custody and point out abuse, in particular, as a reason. Under the law, what is abuse? Spanking a child simply won't be enough to get a court in Massachusetts to agree to the request you've made, especially if no long-term physical harm was caused.

Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner to divorce after 10-year marriage

If you enjoy following celebrity news, you may have heard about Ben Affleck, a Massachusetts native, and his divorce from Jennifer Garner. While no one enjoys reading about a pair splitting up, whether it's in a local area or Hollywood, there is some positivity about this divorce that has popularized it in the media. Unlike many celebrity divorces that hit the news, this one appears to be civil or even friendly. If you're going through a divorce yourself, this may be a better indication of what to expect, especially if you're on friendly terms with your soon-to-be ex.

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