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.
Massachusetts families who are seeking to adopt a child are likely disheartened by the recently announced Russian ban on American adoptions of Russian children. The United States has a long history of adopting children from abroad, and this change in Russian policy will lead many to look elsewhere for their newest family members. Unfortunately, there are a number of American families that are currently in the middle of the adoption process for Russian children, and their family law needs have become far more complicated in recent weeks.
Family law matters in Massachusetts can involve many different types of issues, but a recent case involved an adoption is making national news and has led to a bitter child custody battle. The man at the heart of the battle is the little girl's biological father who claims his daughter was given up for adoption without his consent. Family law matters such as this one can be difficult for everyone involved, but the father is now fighting to regain custody of his little girl.
When the recent scandal involving David Petraeus and his mistress exploded across Massachusetts and the rest of the nation the topic of adultery again became a topic of conversation. But this time, the subject became mixed with family law and the discussion ventured into territories where adultery could be considered a crime or, at minimum, seriously harmful to the stability of a family. Several states recognize adultery as criminal, although it is rarely prosecuted these days. However, adultery often lands couples in court for separation or divorce proceedings.
Recently, reports have surfaced discussing the implications for baby boomers regarding the growing trend of middle age divorce. The so-called Gray Divorce trend has been a hot topic for many in Massachusetts and across the country. The impact of the baby boomer generation on all manner of cultural, societal, political and demographic trends in the U.S. has long been studied and discussed. Many commentators say that this mid-life divorce trend is just one more way that baby boomers have and will continue to influence life and public policy.
Massachusetts state senator from the Middlesex and Essex Senate District, Hon. Katherine Clark, recently outlined some ideas and proposals for changes in family law in Massachusetts. The senator noted the importance of grandparents in the family unit and their increased role in raising children. Sen. Clark specifically addressed the challenges and obstacles grandparents often face in their attempt to help their grandchildren and her suggestions to effect change in this area.
Although a ruling against a party in a child custody case in a state court may be a substantial blow to an individual's chances at gaining custody, there may still be other options available to them. Massachusetts readers may have followed the recent child custody battle between music star Usher and his ex-wife. Now that a judge has awarded custody to Usher, the mother has indicated she intends to appeal what she sees as a baffling decision.
Understanding how a child support payment is reached can be a difficult task. For most Massachusetts couples going through divorce or child support proceedings, the amount to be paid can be determined based on the child support guidelines. These guidelines are a system that is used by officials to assist them in reaching a dollar figure that one parent will be obligated to pay. Understanding exactly what factors are considered may be important in ensuring that a fair figure is established.
The financial status of an individual who is going through a divorce can be frightening. The expenses involved in a Massachusetts divorce can be substantial, depending on how amicable the parties are with each other. Beyond the cost of getting a divorce, an individual must also plan for the higher bills that they will be required to pay as a result of two independent households being formed.
With the recent laws allowing same-sex marriage, same-sex couples have begun to acquire the same rights as opposite-sex couples. However, across Massachusetts many transgender individuals have not been offered the same protections with regards to divorce and other family law matters. One individual's wish to change these inequalities has resulted in a publication that may serve as a guide for many looking for legal remedies through the family court system.