Given the rising cost of a college education, an issue has arisen as to parents' responsibility for paying their child's tuition after divorce. It was recently released that the average cost for one year of tuition at a private college has exceeded $35,000 and that the average cost for tuition at a public college has exceeded $20,000. This has caused many Massachusetts families to evaluate whether or not they can afford to pay for their child's college expenses, a decision that can be even more difficult if the parents are going through a divorce.
Influenced by the expeditious American wedding, a man has introduced the idea of a divorce hotel, a way for couples to quickly resolve their divorce issues over the course of a weekend. The idea behind the divorce hotel is to provide couples who are planning on divorcing an intensive weekend that is geared toward finalizing a divorce by the time they check out on Sunday.
Child support payments are often a necessary part of a divorce when couples have children together. The payments are used to give children a stable life. When one parent fails to pay child support, it seems that everyone suffers.
Facebook is a medium in which people can share ideas, post pictures and reconnect with old friends. The social media website burst onto the scene not long ago, but it is now a leader in social networking, connecting people from all over the world. We all know what Facebook is, and many of us have our own accounts, but some may be unaware of the role Facebook can play in other arenas of life -- such as divorce.
Divorce can be a long and complicated process, and it may even go through multiple fits and starts. As part of that process, the typical starting point is a period of separation between the spouses during which they may reassess their marriage. Of course, it may come as no surprise to many Massachusetts readers that divorce almost inevitably follows a separation.
Martial assets are getting harder and harder to hide from one's spouse in an effort to keep from sharing it during a divorce. Those spouses in Massachusetts who attempt to hide their funds in secret bank accounts or "forget" to tell a spouse about a property they own may find that the ruse will not be as successful as it may have been in the past. Electronic discovery is making it much simpler in divorce proceedings to unearth much of the secret activity.
In a child custody matter, a family law judge in Massachusetts takes into account several factors, including the child's relationship to each parent as well as the parent's ability to raise the child. The judge will then weigh and balance these factors before coming to a conclusion about what is in the child's best interest. To help tip the balance in one's favor, though, it is important to maintain good behavior both in and out of the courtroom while a child custody matter is ongoing.
Quite understandably, when a couple with children decides to divorce, the issues relating to child custody can become very difficult to sort through. Even in marriage, parents may often disagree about how the children should be raised, and these disagreements can be heightened during a divorce. When it comes to child custody, easy answers can be rare.